Marty Grabstein

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Marty Grabstein
Born Martin Carl Grabstein
(1954-11-28) November 28, 1954 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Nancy Hughes
Children 2

Martin Carl "Marty" Grabstein (born November 28, 1954) is an American actor and voice actor.


Grabstein's career has included work in films, television series, live sketch comedy, theater and commercials. Grabstein’s film credits include Bury The Evidence and Apartment #5C. His television credits include parts on all three Law & Order series, Third Watch, and Conviction.

In addition to roles in several theater productions, Grabstein co-wrote and co-starred with Rick Mowat for their sketch comedy act Lab Rats, which performed to rave reviews in comedy clubs throughout New York City. For instance, as The Lab Rats they were regular performers in Joel Selmeier's One Minute Play Contest about which John Heilpern, in a review in the New York Observer, wrote "one brilliant sketch (created and performed by two lunatics, Marty Grabstein and Rick Mowat) had me on the floor with laughter. Entitled Long Fuse, it had just two lines of dialogue: "You got the dynamite?" There followed a pause, somewhat confused, for 58 seconds. A second man then answered, "No." That was it! But there were more possibilities for infectious laughter in the mad silence that followed the surprise absurdest question - "You got the dynamite?" - than reams of dialogue could have provided. We must watch out for the comedy team of Mr. Grabstein and Mr. Mowat." [1] During the years they performed in that show they regularly arrived with new material.

Grabstein is well known for doing the voice of Courage in the popular Cartoon Network animated series, Courage the Cowardly Dog. Grabstein used a combination of paranoia and panic to make the voice of Courage authentic. In the first season of the cartoon, he actually said many spoken words as Courage, but for the rest of the series, Courage had far fewer lines and spoken words; Grabstein did almost all of its talking by gibberish and mumbling. This is because when viewing the first season of the show, the producers felt that Courage "talked too much" and wanted the dog to be more laconic.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Marty's father, Danny was owner of the well known Grabstein's Deli in Canarsie, Brooklyn and his mom, Edna (née Bine) was a talented singer who once sang Cabaret at Don't Tell Mama's in NYC.[3] Grabstein currently lives in NJ with his wife Nancy, sons Matthew and Daniel as well as Matthew's service dog & beloved family pet, Sanders.


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