Jeff Garlin

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Jeff Garlin
Jeff Garlin photo by Josh Alder.jpg
Garlin in 2010
Birth nameJeffrey Garlin
Born(1962-06-05) June 5, 1962 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1984–present
SpouseMarla Beth (Cahan) Garlin
(1994–present; 2 children)[1]
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Jeff Garlin
Jeff Garlin photo by Josh Alder.jpg
Garlin in 2010
Birth nameJeffrey Garlin
Born(1962-06-05) June 5, 1962 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1984–present
SpouseMarla Beth (Cahan) Garlin
(1994–present; 2 children)[1]

Jeffrey "Jeff" Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. He has acted in many television shows and some movies, but is best known for his role as Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently stars in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.

Personal life[edit]

Garlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 5, 1962, and grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois where his father had a plumbing supply business and his mother was active in community theater. Garlin is Jewish[2] and attended Hebrew school.[3][4] He graduated from Fort Lauderdale's Nova High School in 1980. He attended Broward Community College, followed by a stint at the University of Miami studying film, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there.[5]


In 1984, at the age of 22, Garlin moved back to Chicago, to perform with the comedy troupe The Second City, into which he had been accepted, as well as to pursue a stand-up comedy career there.[6] Several years later, he was roommates with Conan O'Brien, who was then a comedy writer. (He remains close to O'Brien, and after O'Brien was removed as host of The Tonight Show in 2010 so that Jay Leno could return, Garlin stated that he would not be a guest on the show again.)[6]

Film and television[edit]

Garlin has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit, as an actor and a stand-up, including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Life and Times of Tim, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Entourage. Garlin appeared with Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal.[7]

He was cast in his small role for RoboCop 3 as "Donut Jerk" after a member of the casting crew witnessed Garlin eating a doughnut while leaving Krispy Kreme with an additional two dozen doughnuts.

Garlin went on to appear in a small cameo role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. Other cameo appearances include Run Ronnie Run, After the Sunset, Fat Albert, and Sleepover.

His feature directorial debut, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (which he also wrote), premiered to favorable reviews at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. It opened in September 2007. The film co-stars Sarah Silverman and Bonnie Hunt, with supporting appearances by Paul Mazursky, Dan Castellaneta, and Amy Sedaris.[8]

In 2005, Garlin played a small role in Fun with Dick and Jane as a man who falls victim to Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni's crime spree.

In 2006, Garlin also directed This Filthy World, a one-man show performed by director John Waters. Garlin also was a voice actor in WALL-E, an animated film by Pixar that was released June 27, 2008, as the Captain of the Axiom spaceship. According to an interview, Garlin developed a harmful nodule in his throat due to the long process of recording his voice for this role.[9]

He had a recurring role on the series Wizards of Waverly Place as Uncle Kelbo, appearing in three episodes over the first three seasons. He also was a key person in the making of The Life and Lies of Jeffy Gelbo Garlin.[citation needed]

In 2008, Garlin appeared in The Rocker as Stan. During 2008, he also played Ed Lawson in the film Strange Wilderness. He lent his voice to Disney/Pixar's film Toy Story 3, as Buttercup.[10] Garlin also appeared as Sid, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, in the 2010 comedy-action film The Bounty Hunter.

Garlin spent three seasons on NBC's Mad About You in the role of Marvin. In addition to his acting career, Garlin has also directed both Jon Stewart (Unleavened) and Denis Leary (Lock-n-Load) in their respective HBO specials, as well as an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.[11] Garlin has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Curb Your Enthusiasm[edit]

On television, Garlin is a co-star and executive producer in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show stars Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld. Garlin co-stars in the show as Larry David's manager.

Regarding the show and his role, Garlin stated:

Originally, I approached Larry David with the idea for the show, and my intent was to direct it and not even be in it. He's the one that insisted that I play his manager and be an executive producer. It totally has changed my life, and I'm indebted to him forever, and every time I work on that show, not only am I lucky, I laugh my ass off and I have a great time. And it's probably the most fun I'll ever have as an actor, ever.[12]

Before Curb Your Enthusiasm filming began in 1999 he had a stroke. During the early episodes of the first season he was left with slurred speech.[13]


On February 23, 2010, Garlin released a book, My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World, a memoir which documents his journey to lessen both his physical and carbon footprint.


As of January 10, 2013, Garlin is a host on the comedy podcast network Earwolf.[14] His show By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin is a series of unscripted casual talks, rather than formal interviews, during which Garlin mainly interrupts answers made by his friends in the entertainment industry. The debut episode featured a chat with Garlin's Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Larry David. The twice-monthly installments are recorded in front of a live audience at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.


1983Spring BreakGut GutUncredited
1992Straight TalkBob
HeroNews Vendor
1993RoboCop 3Donut Jerk
1994Little Big LeagueOpposing Little League Manager
1995The Computer Wore Tennis ShoesAgent Reese
1997The Love BugHighway Patrolman
1998SenselessArlo Vickers
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeCyclops
Larry David: Curb Your EnthusiasmJeff Greene
2002Run Ronnie RunBirthday Woman's Friend
Naked MovieWriter No. 1
The Third WheelOffice WorkerUncredited
Full FrontalHarvey
2003Daddy Day CarePhil
2004SleepoverMr. Corky
Outing RileyPartner in Architects' FirmUncredited
After the SunsetRon
Fat AlbertJerUncredited
2005Fun with Dick and JaneBoss
2006The Jeff Garlin ProgramJeff
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese WithJames AaronAlso writer/director
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators!Villain
2007Trainwreck: My Life as an IdiotLenny
2008Strange WildernessEd Lawson
The RockerStan
WALL-ECaptain B. McreaVoice only
2010The Bounty HunterSid
Toy Story 3ButtercupVoice only
2011Hawaiian VacationButtercupVoice only
Cars 2Otis[15]Voice Only
Sin BinDean Theatard
2012ParaNormanPerry BabcockVoice only
Safety Not GuaranteedMr. Britt
2013Dealin' with IdiotsMax MorrisAlso writer/director

Television work[edit]


Episode #[16]GuestDateDuration
01Larry David01/10/131:22:02
02Lena Dunham01/24/131:29:44
03Jeff Tweedy02/07/131:42:34
04J.J. Abrams02/21/131:50:58
05Mitch Hurwitz03/07/131:19:27
06Will Ferrell03/21/131:32:17
07Zach Galifianakis04/04/131:23:55
08Conan O'Brien04/18/131:17:53
09Michael Moore05/02/132:03:23
10Matthew Weiner05/16/131:50:24
11Tig Notaro05/30/131:27:22
12Judd Apatow06/13/131:39:15
13Aziz Ansari06/27/131:08:58
14Henry Rollins07/11/132:04:56
15Amy Poehler07/25/131:18:44
16Vince Gilligan08/08/131:37:05
17Marc Maron08/22/131:38:01
18Colin Hay09/05/131:15:27
19Rosemarie DeWitt & Lunn Shelton09/20/130:57:23
20Bob Odenkirk10/03/131:00:49
21Sarah Silverman10/17/130:57:30
22Jay Roach and Sussanna Hoffs10/31/131:27:00
23George Segal and Wendi McLendon-Covey11/14/131:13:00
24Maya Rudolph11/28/130:31:00
25Mike Birbiglia12/12/131:04:00
26Jeff Garlin12/26/130:54:00

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Witchel, Alex (June 25, 2006). "The Improviser". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Torok, Ryan (June 1, 2010). "Jeff Garlin…Seriously". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  3. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (October 19, 2004). "Jeff Garlin interview". Retrieved 2010-06-23. "...very proud and happy to be Italian, and I think everything that I do is naturally Jewish." 
  4. ^ Smiley, Tavis (September 12, 2005). "Jeff Garlin". The Tavis Smiley Show. Retrieved 2010-06-23. "I guess you could say – I mean, I'm Jewish, Larry's Jewish." 
  5. ^ Fine, Arlene (March 6, 2008). "Jeff Garlin definitely will not curb your enthusiasm". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Downs, Gordon (February 1, 2011). "Interview With Comedian Jeff Garlin". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Jeff Garland". Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Full Bio". Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ The Weakly News Episode Episode #217
  10. ^ Twitter Lee Unkrich
  11. ^ Jeff Garlin at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Murray, Noel (August 29, 2007). "Jeff Garlin". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  13. ^ IMBD bio]
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (2013-01-08). "Jeff Garlin discusses 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and his new podcast | PopWatch |". Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Cars 2 Interview - Jeff Garlin". Trailer Addict. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
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