Brad Garrett

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-hour Archive interview, Brad Garrett discusses his early comedy influences and breaking into stand-up comedy as a teenager. He talks about his first appearance on television on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop and his contest-winning turn on Star Search. He describes two short-lived sitcoms on which he appeared before landing the role for which he is most known, that of "Robert Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond. He speaks in detail about the show's nine season run -- describing his character, commenting on the ensemble cast and series creator Phil Rosenthal and recalling favorite episodes. Garrett also discusses his next sitcom success, playing twenty-years-married "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death -- a series on which he was also a producer. He speaks of playing comic icon Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-television movie Gleason, and touches on then-current projects including voicing "Gusteau" in Pixar's Ratatouille. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Malibu, CA on April 26, 2007.

"What I used as an actor when I played Robert is that Ray's an only child and they forgot to tell Robert." 

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Brad Garrett on where "Robert Barone" fit in the family on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on the relationship between "Robert" and "Ray" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on "Robert Barone's" voice and his chin touching on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on working with a studio audience
Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on the humor in his household growing up; on being drawn to comedy
On his start in stand-up; on his early stand-up act; on comics he admired; on contemporary comedians; on opening for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra
On his first television appearances; on appearing on Star Search; on opening for Crystal Gayle; on additional TV appearances; on getting into voiceover work

Chapter 2

On changing his name; on sitcoms before Everybody Loves Raymond - First Impressions, Seinfeld, and The Pursuit of Happiness
On getting cast on Everybody Loves Raymond; on the show's title, his character "Robert Barone" and a typical production week; on "Robert's" character development over the course of the show's 9 seasons; on the relationship between "Robert" and "Ray"
On working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle; on showrunner Phil Rosenthal and working with various directors; on storylines drawn from real life; on working with a studio audience

Chapter 3

On big laughs on Everybody Loves Raymond; on his favorite "Robert" episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond
On working with Patricia Heaton and Monica Horan; on the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond being in New York during 9/11
On winning Emmys for Everybody Loves Raymond; on his salary dispute with the show; on shooting the final episode of Everybody Loves Raymond; on "Robert Barone's" voice and his chin touching

Chapter 4

On playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason; on the possibility of a spinoff for "Robert Barone" from Everybody Loves Raymond; on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death; on a typical work week on 'Til Death
On his catchphrase on 'Til Death; on his favorite episodes of the show; on advice to aspiring actors; on then-current projects
Shows

'Til Death

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Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death; on a typical work week and his favorite episodes; on promoting the show on American Idol

American Idol

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Brad Garrett on promoting 'Til Death on American Idol

Everybody Loves Raymond

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Brad Garrett on getting cast in Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on the title of Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano, "Robert Barone", a typical production week, and family relationships on the show
Brad Garrett on great moments on Everybody Loves Raymond - "The Sculptor"
Brad Garrett on his favorite "Robert" episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond; on "The Ride Along" episode and running from a bull in an episode
Brad Garrett on his co-stars on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on shooting the final episode of Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on the possibility of a spinoff for "Robert Barone" from Everybody Loves Raymond

First Impressions

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Brad Garrett on the sitcom First Impressions

Gleason

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason

Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop

Pursuit of Happiness, The

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness

Seinfeld

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Seinfeld

Star Search

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Star Search
Brad Garrett on promoting 'Til Death on American Idol and being reminded of his Star Search days

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Topics

9/11

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Brad Garrett on the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond being in NY during 9/11

Bloopers

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Brad Garrett on outtakes from Everybody Loves Raymond

Characters & Catchphrases

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Brad Garrett on getting cast as "Robert Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on where "Robert Barone" fit in the family on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on "Robert Barone's" character development over the course of Everybody Loves Raymond's 9 seasons; on the relationship between "Robert" and "Ray"
Brad Garrett on "Robert Barone's" voice and chin touching on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death

Emmy Awards

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Brad Garrett on winning Emmys for Everybody Loves Raymond

LGBTQ

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness
Professions

Comedian

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Brad Garrett on his start in stand-up
Genres

Comedy Series

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Brad Garrett on his character "Robert Barone" and production on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on specific episodes, castmates, and his character on Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death; on a typical work week and his favorite episodes; on promoting the show on American Idol

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason
People

Andy Ackerman

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie

Woody Allen

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Brad Garrett on admiring Woody Allen

Bob Barker

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Brad Garrett on a special award Phil Rosenthal arranged for him

Peter Boyle

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Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle

Johnny Carson

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Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Jack Carter

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop

Norm Crosby

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Brad Garrett on opening for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra

Joely Fisher

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Brad Garrett on Joely Fisher, his co-star on 'Til Death

Crystal Gayle

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Brad Garrett on opening for Crystal Gayle

Jackie Gleason

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason

Virginia Graham

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Brad Garrett on watching Virginia Graham as a child

Gary Halvorson

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie

Patricia Heaton

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Brad Garrett on working with Patricia Heaton on Everybody Loves Raymond

Monica Horan

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Brad Garrett on working with Monica Horan on Everybody Loves Raymond

Will Mackenzie

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie

Steve Martin

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Brad Garrett on admiring Steve Martin and Robin Williams

Ed McMahon

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Star Search
Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Leslie Moonves

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason

Don Rickles

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Brad Garrett on admiring Don Rickles as a comedian

Doris Roberts

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Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle

Ray Romano

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Brad Garrett on comedy contemporary Ray Romano
Brad Garrett on getting cast as "Robert Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett on the title of Everybody Loves Raymond and Ray Romano
Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle

Phil Rosenthal

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Brad Garrett on working with Phil Rosenthal
Brad Garrett on a special award Phil Rosenthal arranged for him

Jerry Seinfeld

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Brad Garrett on comedy contemporary Jerry Seinfeld

Frank Sinatra

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Brad Garrett on opening for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra

Jimmie Walker

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Brad Garrett on his start in stand-up and impersonating Jimmie Walker

Robin Williams

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Brad Garrett on admiring Steve Martin and Robin Williams

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