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." 

Highlights
Brad Garrett on where "Robert Barone" fit in the family on Everybody Loves Raymond
01:59
Brad Garrett on the relationship between "Robert" and "Ray" on Everybody Loves Raymond
01:32
Brad Garrett on "Robert Barone's" voice and his chin touching on Everybody Loves Raymond
02:01
Brad Garrett on working with a studio audience
00:42
Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death
03:22
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on the humor in his household growing up; on being drawn to comedy
10:05
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
07:55
On his first television appearances; on appearing on Star Search; on opening for Crystal Gayle; on additional TV appearances; on getting into voiceover work
10:11

Chapter 2

On changing his name; on sitcoms before Everybody Loves Raymond - First Impressions, Seinfeld, and The Pursuit of Happiness
06:50
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"
12:55
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
09:23

Chapter 3

On big laughs on Everybody Loves Raymond; on his favorite "Robert" episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond
10:55
On working with Patricia Heaton and Monica Horan; on the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond being in New York during 9/11
08:34
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
11:29
On his catchphrase on 'Til Death; on his favorite episodes of the show; on advice to aspiring actors; on then-current projects
08:55
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
10:24

American Idol

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Brad Garrett on promoting 'Til Death on American Idol
01:13

Everybody Loves Raymond

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Brad Garrett on getting cast in Everybody Loves Raymond
03:10
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"
00:45
Brad Garrett on his favorite "Robert" episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond; on "The Ride Along" episode and running from a bull in an episode
07:53
Brad Garrett on his co-stars on Everybody Loves Raymond
03:10
Brad Garrett on shooting the final episode of Everybody Loves Raymond
06:44
Brad Garrett on the possibility of a spinoff for "Robert Barone" from Everybody Loves Raymond
00:34

First Impressions

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Brad Garrett on the sitcom First Impressions
01:59

Gleason

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason
05:47

Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's The Comedy Shop
01:33

Pursuit of Happiness, The

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness
01:59

Seinfeld

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Seinfeld
00:43

Star Search

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Star Search
01:32
Brad Garrett on promoting 'Til Death on American Idol and being reminded of his Star Search days
01:13

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
01:13
Topics

9/11

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Brad Garrett on the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond being in NY during 9/11
05:24

Bloopers

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Brad Garrett on outtakes from Everybody Loves Raymond
01:04

Characters & Catchphrases

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Brad Garrett on getting cast as "Robert Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond
03:10
Brad Garrett on where "Robert Barone" fit in the family on Everybody Loves Raymond
01:59
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"
03:27
Brad Garrett on "Robert Barone's" voice and chin touching on Everybody Loves Raymond
02:01
Brad Garrett on his character "Eddie Stark" on 'Til Death
03:22

Emmy Awards

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Brad Garrett on winning Emmys for Everybody Loves Raymond
01:59

LGBTQ

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Brad Garrett on playing a gay lawyer on The Pursuit of Happiness
01:59
Professions

Comedian

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Brad Garrett on his start in stand-up
01:52
Genres

Comedy Series

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Brad Garrett on his character "Robert Barone" and production on Everybody Loves Raymond
22:18
Brad Garrett on specific episodes, castmates, and his character on Everybody Loves Raymond
27:30
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
10:24

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason
05:47
People

Andy Ackerman

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie
01:47

Woody Allen

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Brad Garrett on admiring Woody Allen
00:19

Bob Barker

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Brad Garrett on a special award Phil Rosenthal arranged for him
01:22

Peter Boyle

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Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle
02:41

Johnny Carson

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Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
01:13

Jack Carter

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop
01:33

Norm Crosby

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop
01:33

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Brad Garrett on opening for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra
00:26

Joely Fisher

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Brad Garrett on Joely Fisher, his co-star on 'Til Death
03:22

Crystal Gayle

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Brad Garrett on opening for Crystal Gayle
00:38

Jackie Gleason

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason
05:47

Virginia Graham

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Brad Garrett on watching Virginia Graham as a child
00:35

Gary Halvorson

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie
01:47

Patricia Heaton

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Brad Garrett on working with Patricia Heaton on Everybody Loves Raymond
01:22

Monica Horan

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Brad Garrett on working with Monica Horan on Everybody Loves Raymond
01:48

Will Mackenzie

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Brad Garrett on working with directors Gary Halverson, Andy Ackerman and Will Mackenzie
01:47

Steve Martin

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Brad Garrett on admiring Steve Martin and Robin Williams
00:12

Ed McMahon

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Brad Garrett on appearing on Star Search
03:03
Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
00:21

Leslie Moonves

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Brad Garrett on playing Jackie Gleason in the TV movie Gleason
06:21

Don Rickles

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Brad Garrett on admiring Don Rickles as a comedian
00:17

Doris Roberts

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Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle
02:41

Ray Romano

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Brad Garrett on comedy contemporary Ray Romano
00:34
Brad Garrett on getting cast as "Robert Barone" in Everybody Loves Raymond
03:10
Brad Garrett on the title of Everybody Loves Raymond and Ray Romano
01:41
Brad Garrett on working with Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle
02:41

Phil Rosenthal

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Brad Garrett on working with Phil Rosenthal
01:43
Brad Garrett on a special award Phil Rosenthal arranged for him
01:22

Jerry Seinfeld

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Brad Garrett on comedy contemporary Jerry Seinfeld
00:19

Frank Sinatra

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Brad Garrett on opening for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra
00:26

Jimmie Walker

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Brad Garrett on his start in stand-up and impersonating Jimmie Walker
01:52

Robin Williams

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Brad Garrett on admiring Steve Martin and Robin Williams
00:18

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