Garlin in 2010
|Birth name||Jeffrey Todd Garlin|
June 5, 1962 |
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Alma mater||The Second City|
|Spouse||Marla Beth Garlin
(1994–present; 2 children)
Jeffrey "Jeff" Todd Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. He has acted in many television shows and some movies, but is best known for his role as Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which he was nominated for seven Emmys in his role as Executive Producer, and two wins for Producing from the PGAs. He currently stars in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
Garlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, to father Gene Garlin and mother Carole Garlin (née Crafton). Garlin grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois where his father had a family plumbing supply business called Bilko and his mother was active in community theater. He has a younger brother named Michael Garlin. Garlin is Jewish and attended Hebrew school.
Garlin said he has known he wanted to be a comedian for a long time: “I made the decision when I was 8 years old. I saw Jimmy Durante perform in Chicago and, on the way home, I asked my parents if that was a job. They said it was. I said, ‘That’s the job I want.’ ”
On his childhood: "My childhood in Morton Grove was idyllic. It was the greatest time of my life. It was the last perfect time." Garlin said he played every sport (football, baseball, shot put, discus, etc.) and was the class clown. Garlin said the only problem with doing the sports was that he had a heart ailment called Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, so he had to quit all sports.
Garlin attended Melzer Elementary School in Morton Grove, Illinois. When Garlin was in sixth grade, his father sold Bilko and the family moved to South Florida, "an experience Garlin said was difficult because of anti-semitism he encountered." He graduated from Fort Lauderdale's Nova High School in Davie, Florida in 1980. He attended Broward Community College, followed by a stint at the University of Miami studying film, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there.
In 1984, at the age of 22, Garlin moved back to Chicago, to perform with the comedy troupe The Second City, into which he had been accepted, as well as to pursue a stand-up comedy career there. He worked in the box office with Stephen Colbert.
In the late 80s, Garlin was roommates with Conan O'Brien, who was then a comedy writer, for less than a year. He remains close to O'Brien, and after O'Brien was removed as host of The Tonight Show in 2010 so that Jay Leno could return, Garlin stated that he would not be a guest on the show again.
Garlin was hired by comedians Denis Leary (Lock-n-Load) and Jon Stewart (Unleavened) to develop their specials with them, going on the road with them, taking notes. Garlin said he was a stage director with their shows and edited with the writing. Garlin worked with Larry David in this same way.
Garlin said that when Chris Albrecht at HBO approached Larry David and wanted to do a series with him, he was part of that. Garlin would regularly go into David's office suite at Castle Rock Entertainment, which was next door to the writer Alan Zweibel's office (who Garlin was writing a show with), to talk with him, as they knew each other from standup. One day they went to lunch and Garlin said to David, "If you ever want to do a comedy special, I have the perfect idea. It would be the behind-the-scenes of the making of comedy special and you'd never have to shoot the special, you could back out, and then that would be the special. And it came from my experiences with Jon Stewart and Denis Leary." They went to Albrecht, who said, "How can I not do this?"
Garlin continues to do standup, where he says he improvises a lot on stage, and feels very relaxed, "maybe too relaxed [laughs]."
On comedy: "There's only one true superpower amongst human beings, and that is being funny. People treat you differently if you can make them laugh. Women like you more if you're funny. You get away with things other people don't get away with. And the kryptonite for people who are funny are people without any sense of humor."
Film and television
Garlin has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit, as an actor and a stand-up, including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Life and Times of Tim, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Entourage. Garlin appeared with Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal. From 1997-1999, Garlin spent three seasons on NBC's Mad About You in the role of Marvin.
Garlin was cast in his small role for RoboCop 3 as "Donut Jerk" after a member of the casting crew witnessed Garlin eating a doughnut while leaving Krispy Kreme with an additional two dozen doughnuts. He went on to appear in a small cameo role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. Other cameo appearances include Run Ronnie Run, After the Sunset, Fat Albert, and Sleepover.
His feature directorial debut, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (which he also wrote), premiered to favorable reviews at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. It opened in September 2007. The film co-stars Sarah Silverman and Bonnie Hunt, with supporting appearances by Paul Mazursky, Dan Castellaneta, and Amy Sedaris.
In 2005, Garlin played a small role in Fun with Dick and Jane as a man who falls victim to Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni's crime spree. In 2006, Garlin also directed This Filthy World, a one-man show performed by director John Waters. Garlin also was a voice actor in WALL-E, an animated film by Pixar that was released June 27, 2008, as the Captain of the Axiom spaceship. According to an interview, Garlin developed a harmful nodule in his throat due to the long process of recording his voice for this role.
He had a recurring role on the series Wizards of Waverly Place as Uncle Kelbo, appearing in three episodes over the first three seasons. He also was a key person in the making of The Life and Lies of Jeffy Gelbo Garlin. In 2008, Garlin appeared in The Rocker as Stan. During 2008, he also played Ed Lawson in the film Strange Wilderness. He lent his voice to Disney/Pixar's film Toy Story 3, as Buttercup. He appeared as Sid, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, in the 2010 comedy-action film The Bounty Hunter. Garlin's most recent film role was as Ed Burch, father of aimless daughter Megan, played by Keira Knightley, in Laggies, released in 2014.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
On television, Garlin is a co-star and executive producer in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show stars Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld. Garlin co-stars in the show as Larry David's manager.
Regarding the show and his role, Garlin stated:
Originally, I approached Larry David with the idea for the show, and my intent was to direct it and not even be in it. He's the one that insisted that I play his manager and be an executive producer. It totally has changed my life, and I'm indebted to him forever, and every time I work on that show, not only am I lucky, I laugh my ass off and I have a great time. And it's probably the most fun I'll ever have as an actor, ever.
In 2013, Garlin directed his second film, Dealin' with Idiots, which was inspired by his experiences with his two sons in Little League. The entire movie was improvised. The film started with "a 20-page outline, which Garlin wrote largely from his experiences with his sons' soccer and baseball leagues in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood and Cheviot Hills; he then had the cast improvise based on their own experiences." The film stars J.B. Smoove and Bob Odenkirk, Jami Gertz, Gina Gershon, etc.
On February 23, 2010, Garlin released a book, My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World, a memoir which documents his journey to lessen both his physical and carbon footprint.
As of January 10, 2013, Garlin is a host on the comedy podcast network Earwolf. His show, By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin, is a series of unscripted casual talks, rather than formal interviews, during which Garlin mainly interrupts answers made by his friends in the entertainment industry. The debut episode featured a chat with Garlin's Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Larry David. The twice-monthly installments are recorded in front of a live audience at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.
Garlin married Marla Beth Garlin (née Cahan) in 1994. They have two sons: James (b. 1996), and Duke (b. 2000). They live in Los Angeles and Chicago. He's a big Chicago Cubs fan. His favorite comic is Jack Benny.
Garlin had surgery in Oklahoma City when he was in his late 20s to correct Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, a heart condition, an extra pathway in your heart that gives you tachycardia. Garlin said he was an early recipient (#72) of the surgery -- following Mitchell Hurwitz (#14) -- which now millions of people have done. The surgery burns the extra pathway with high frequency waves. Before surgery he had at least one tachycardia attack on stage. Before Curb Your Enthusiasm filming began in 1999 he had a stroke, when he was 37 years old. During the early episodes of the first season he had noticeably slurred speech, although his speech improved. When Garlin had the heart attack, he said he didn't know it before, but he had type II diabetes, which he now controls with diet and exercise.
Garlin has written about his issues with food and has discussed his weight issues publicly. He says, bluntly, "I'm an addict." On this, Garlin said: "I think people look at fat people as having a lack of willpower, when willpower has nothing to do with it. I didn’t change my life until I approached everything like an addict. I haven’t had sweets in almost three years because I know if I have one cookie, just like if an alcoholic has his first drink, I’m off to the races and I’m back eating sugar again."
In 2013, Garlin was arrested following an argument while parking at a CVS in Studio City, in the valley area of Los Angeles. Garlin damaged a car window, and because of the value of the car's damage (a Mercedes), was arrested. The charges were dropped, although a lawsuit was filed.
|1983||Spring Break||Gut Gut||Uncredited|
|1993||RoboCop 3||Donut Jerk|
|1994||Little Big League||Opposing Little League Manager|
|1995||The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes||Agent Reese|
|1997||The Love Bug||Highway Patrolman|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Cyclops|
|Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm||Jeff Greene|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Birthday Woman's Friend|
|Naked Movie||Writer No. 1|
|The Third Wheel||Office Worker||Uncredited|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Phil|
|Outing Riley||Partner in Architects' Firm||Uncredited|
|After the Sunset||Ron|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Boss|
|2006||The Jeff Garlin Program||Jeff|
|I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||James Aaron||Also writer/director|
|The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators!||Shirley|
|2007||Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot||Lenny|
|2008||Strange Wilderness||Ed Lawson|
|WALL-E||Captain B. Mcrea||Voice only|
|2010||The Bounty Hunter||Sid|
|Toy Story 3||Buttercup||Voice only|
|2011||Hawaiian Vacation||Buttercup||Voice only|
|Cars 2||Otis||Voice Only|
|Sin Bin||Dean Theatard|
|2012||ParaNorman||Perry Babcock||Voice only|
|Safety Not Guaranteed||Mr. Britt|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Max Morris||Also writer/director|
- Roseanne – Fred (1989)
- Open House – Brian (1990)
- Baywatch – Larry 'Loomin' Large (1994)
- Gross Ratings – Jack Bekins (1996)
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist – Jeff (1997)
- Mad About You – Marvin (1997–1999)
- Self Storage – Duncan Baumgartner (2000)
- The Michael Richards Show – Ed (2000)
- Late Friday – Himself/Host (2001)
- Three Sisters – Joel (2001)
- Dead Last – Ron Belson (2001)
- What About Joan? – Steinie (2001–2002)
- King of the Hill – Dan (2002)
- Everybody Loves Raymond – Produce Manager Jimmy (2001–2003)
- Greetings from Tucson – Executive (2003)
- Crank Yankers – Jeff (2003)
- Tom Goes to the Mayor – Pat Croce (2004)
- Pudding Wars – Tobey (2005)
- Duck Dodgers – Camoman (2005)
- Yes, Dear – Howie (2005)
- MADtv – Hank Whitley (2005)
- Arrested Development – Mort Meyers (2005–2006, 2013)
- Hooked – Mr. Waterhouse (2006/I)
- Campus Ladies – Mr. Hubney (2006)
- Shorty McShorts' Shorts – Duke (2007)
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Barry Freeburg (2007)
- The Life & Times of Tim (2008)
- BURN-E – Captain (uncredited) (2008)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm – Jeff Greene (2000–present)
- Wizards of Waverly Place – Uncle Kelbo (2008–2010)
- Entourage – Roger Jay (2010)
- Community – Himself (2011)
- The Goldbergs – Murray Goldberg, series regular (2013–present)
- Repeat After Me - Himself (2015)
|19||Rosemarie DeWitt & Lunn Shelton||09/20/13||0:57:23|
|22||Jay Roach and Sussanna Hoffs||10/31/13||1:27:00|
|23||George Segal and Wendi McLendon-Covey||11/14/13||1:13:00|
- Blade Runner – Lieutenant Edison Guzza (1997)
- WALL-E – Captain (2008)
- Toy Story 3: The Video Game – Buttercup (2010)
Works and publications
- Garlin, Jeff, and John Ficarra. The MAD Bathroom Companion: The Gushing Fourth Edition. New York: MAD Books, 2004.
- Garlin, Jeff. My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World. New York: Gallery Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-439-15010-8
- Garlin, Jeff. Curbing It. New York: Gallery Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-439-15012-2
- Note: Previously published as My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World.
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