Raised in Woodland Hills, CA, and the son of a hearing aid specialist who worked in geriatrics and a full-time housewife, Garrett began performing stand-up at various Los Angeles Comedy Clubs upon graduation from high school. Spending six weeks at UCLA before his fateful appearance on the Tonight Show, the young comedian later felt the wrath of that show's grudge after telling a joke that the talent booker had warned him against. Garrett has since never been invited back. Nevertheless he continued on strongly, opening for Frank Sinatra and soon finding roles in such popular television shows as Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Seinfeld, and perhaps most famously, Everybody Loves Raymond. Offering his voice to numerous animated features since his breakout in the early '80s, Garrett voice acted in family films like Casper (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Ratatouille, Tarzan II, Garfield, Tangled, and Finding Nemo. Garrett has also appeared in several movies, like Music and Lyrics, The Pacifier, and Night at the Museum.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- First appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984.
- Opened for Frank Sinatra, Dina Ross and Sammy Davis Jr.
- First TV series was the short-lived 1988 sitcom First Impressions in which he played a divorced impressionist raising a 9-year-old daughter.
- In order to portray Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-TV biopic Gleason, he had to be filmed as though he didn't appear a foot taller than the iconic comedian.
- Appeared in a Broadway production of The Odd Couple in 2005 as Murray the Cop and replaced an ailing Nathan Lane in the lead role of Oscar Madison for several performances in early 2006.
- Won the 5th season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and participated in the World Series of Poker in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
- Opened Brad Garrett's Comedy Club in Las Vegas in 2010 at the Tropicana, and later moved the club to the MGM Grand.