Eddie Garrett

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Eddie Garrett (November 19, 1927 – May 13, 2010) was an American actor best known for his role on the NBC television series, Quincy, M.E., in which he portrayed a silver-haired photographer for the Los Angeles coroner's office in more than 100 episodes of the series.[1]

Garrett was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [1] on November 19, 1927, to parents, Robert and Anna Gehrt.[2] He originally became interested in acting by doing impressions of Bing Crosby for his parents.[1] Ultimately, Garrett learned more than 100 voices and impressions, which he would later use in a nightclub act that lasted more than 16 years.[1]

Both of Garrett's parents died within nine months of each other when he was 13 years old.[2] He was sent to live with aunts, first in Sacramento and then to Los Angeles.[2]

His film credits included a role as a bartender in the 1977 film, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, opposite Diane Keaton and a police officer in the 1971 film, Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood.[1] On television, Garrett was best known for playing a coroner's office photographer in more than 100 episodes of Quincy, M.E. throughout the 1980s.[1] His other television credits included roles on Medical Center, Batman (episode 39) and Ironside.[1] Garrett also appeared on The Odd Couple, opposite Jack Klugman, a personal friend.[1]

In 2006, Garrett published a book, I Saw Stars ... In the 40's and 50's. His book included more than one hundred photographs which he had snapped of actors as a high school student.[1]

Eddie Garrett died of a stroke at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, on May 13, 2010, at the age of 82.[1] He was survived by his wife, Maggie Hartshorn, whom he married in 1957,[2] and two stepdaughters, Carla Jean Hartshorn and Susan Licursi.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Barnes, Mike (2010-05-28). "'Quincy' actor Eddie Garrett dies". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eddie Garrett obituary". The Desert Sun. 2010-05-19. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-11.