Carlos Jaime Alazraqui
July 20, 1962
|Other names||Carlos Jaime Alazraqui|
Carlos J. Alazraqui
|Alma mater||Sacramento State|
Carlos Jaime Alazraqui (born July 20, 1962) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, producer and screenwriter, possibly best known for his role as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911!. His extensive voice-over work includes the role of Spyro from Spyro the Dragon, Shamless O’Scanty, Leslie P. Lilylegs, Elliott Sampson and Tad Tucker on New Looney Tunes, the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials, Denzel Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Rocko and Spunky on Rocko's Modern Life, Lazlo & Clam in Camp Lazlo, Rikochet in ¡Mucha Lucha!, Grandpapi Rivera in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, and Mr. Weed in Family Guy. He is a weekly contributor on The Stephanie Miller Show.
Carlos Jaime Alazraqui was born in Yonkers, New York on July 20, 1962, to Argentine parents. He moved with his family to Concord, California, at an early age. He attended college at California State University, Sacramento from 1982 to 1986, where he began competing in open mic contests. After winning in his fourth year, Alazraqui took his prize money and moved to Los Angeles.
In addition, Alazraqui joined Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in 2014, playing some of the dates with Ward and he has a semi-regular segment on Miller's radio show Coffee with Carlos.
Film and television
Alazraqui is known for his live-action work in Reno 911!, in which he portrayed Deputy James Garcia for five seasons (2003–08). He played the same role in the series' 2007 spinoff film Reno 911! Miami. As a nod to this role, he also played a "bumbling" Reno cop in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Let it Bleed". He has been a celebrity on the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares.
Alazraqui also wrote and starred in The Last White Dishwasher, a short film.
Alazraqui has performed several voices for Nickelodeon cartoons, including Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life, as well as Denzel Q. Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Winslow T. Oddfellow and Lube on CatDog, and Scooter on SpongeBob SquarePants. He also voiced several additional voices for the Cartoon Network shows, Cow and Chicken, Kidscity: The Village Dome of Kids, and I Am Weasel during their runs in the mid-late 1990s. He also voiced Spyro in Spyro the Dragon. He was later replaced by Tom Kenny as Spyro in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Spyro: Year of the Dragon and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly. In 1997, he voiced Crash Bandicoot in a promotional ad for the game Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. He also voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials, Rikochet in the first two seasons of ¡Mucha Lucha! and Mr. Weed (the head of the "Happy Go Lucky" toy factory) on Family Guy. It is mentioned in the DVD commentary track that Alazraqui was reluctant to leave Family Guy. In particular, Seth MacFarlane suggests that the death of Alazraqui's character took the actor by surprise. He also voiced Dr. Julius No in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
In 2005, he added the voices for two Cartoon Network series – The Life and Times of Juniper Lee where he played Monroe, a guardian dog with a Scottish accent and three characters in Camp Lazlo: Lazlo, Clam and Chef McMuesli. In 2006, he added Salty Mike from Squirrel Boy and Walden in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Nick, Jr. to his credits. He played Wisk in Glen Hill's 2000 film version of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. He also provided the voice of Nestor in the Happy Feet films. And he currently voices Baba Looey, Mudsy the Funky Phantom and Loopy De Loop.
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer for Rocko's Modern Life, described Alazraqui's normal voice as bearing "no accent at all". Marsh describes Alazraqui's "Scottish accent" as "one of the best" and that he performs his other accents as "all very well". According to Marsh, Alazraqui uses various accents in his comedy routines. He had worked for the Disney Channel on Handy Manny, where he provided the voice for Felipe, the bilingual Phillips-head screwdriver and for Abuelito, Manny's grandfather. He was the original "voice guy" on the Stephanie Miller Show. His replacement was Jim Ward having previously substituted for him. In January 2008, Alazraqui returned to fill in briefly while Ward recovered from surgery. In 2014, he voiced Mesmo and Torts in Mixels. He voices Tio Tortuga in Sheriff Callie's Wild West.
In 2009, he collaborated with Ted Nicolaou on the web series The Club, which was released in November 2010. The series features Jill-Michele Meleán, Debra Wilson, Johnny A. Sanchez, Lori Alan, and Daran Norris.
Awards and nominations
- 2011 – Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in a Television Production – Nominated
- "Happy Birthday To Yonker's Carlos Jaime Alazraqui". The Daily Voice. July 20, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
- "Carlos Alazraqui Q&A: Birthplace (Video)". 37prime.news. December 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
- a "...then attended school, college in Sacramento after two years of junior college playing soccer and running track. I decided to do four years at Sacramento State from 82-86." — 00:58-01:08.
- Basofin, Pete. "Sac History Happenings: In History's Spotlight: Carlos Alazraqui". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- "Carlos Alazraqui profile". Sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- "Past Winners".
- ""Reno 911" character keeps laughs coming". October 6, 2006.
- "Episode #307: Carlos Alazraqui".
- "The Stephanie Miller Show - August 5, 2015 - Free Speech TV". Free Speech TV. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- ""Hollywood Squares" - Episode dated 28 December 1998". IMDB. December 28, 1998. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- Alazraqui, Carlos (August 24, 2017). "#TBT to the Crash Bandicoot and Taco Bell days... #90spic.twitter.com/XCh2iZ7hOR". @carlosalazraqui. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
- David, Long. "Taco Bell Dog Story".
- "Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh", The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
- "The Club on The Web". The Club on The Web. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- "brand new episode up today starring Carlos Alazraqui!". Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Gutelle, Sam (June 26, 2013). "Melinda Hill Seeking 'Romantic Encounters' On My Damn Channel Network". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- "Gabriel Igelsias and Carlos Alazraqui Talk Disney's PLANES, Voicing Their Characters, Voice-Over vs Stand-Up, Improv, and Their Upcoming Projects". August 7, 2013.
- "Meet Carlos Alazraqui, the man behind hundreds of cartoon voices". July 21, 2020.