Jeff Garlin

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Jeff Garlin

Garlin in 2010
Birth nameJeffrey Garlin
Born(1962-06-05) June 5, 1962 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1983-present
SpouseMarla Garlin
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Jeff Garlin

Garlin in 2010
Birth nameJeffrey Garlin
Born(1962-06-05) June 5, 1962 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1983-present
SpouseMarla Garlin

Jeffrey "Jeff" Garlin (born June 5, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer and author, best known for his role as Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also a producer on the show.

Jeff Garlin is also known for co-owning the U.S.S. Friendship with T.J. Miller and Pete Holmes. Before owning the U.S.S. Friendship Jeff owned the U.S.S. Crab Your Enthusiasm.


Early life

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[1] and attended Hebrew school.[2][3] 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, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there.[4]


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.[5] 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.)[5]

Film and television

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.

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.

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.[6]

He had a recurring role on the series Wizards of Waverly Place as Uncle Kelbo, appearing in three episodes over the first three seasons.

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.[7] Garlin also appeared as Sid, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, in the 2010 comedy-action film The Bounty Hunter.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

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.[8]

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.[9] Garlin has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.


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.


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 #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 Aaron
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators!Villain
2007Trainwreck: My Life as an IdiotLenny
2008Strange WildernessEd Lawson
The RockerStan
WALL-ECaptainVoice only
2010The Bounty HunterSid
Toy Story 3ButtercupVoice only
2011Hawaiian VacationButtercupVoice only
Cars 2Otis[10]Voice Only
Sin BinDean Theatard
2012ParaNormanPerry BabcockVoice only
Safety Not GuaranteedMr. Britt

Television work

Video games


  1. ^ Torok, Ryan (2010-06-01). "Jeff Garlin…Seriously". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  2. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2004-10-19). "Jeff Garlin interview". Retrieved 2010-06-23. "...very proud and happy to be Italian, and I think everything that I do is naturally Jewish." 
  3. ^ Smiley, Tavis (2005-09-12). "Jeff Garlin". The Tavis Smiley Show. Retrieved 2010-06-23. "I guess you could say - I mean, I'm Jewish, Larry's Jewish." 
  4. ^ Fine, Arlene (2008-03-06). "Jeff Garlin definitely will not curb your enthusiasm". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Downs, Gordon (February 1, 2011). "Interview With Comedian Jeff Garlin". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  6. ^ The Weakly News Episode Episode #217
  7. ^ Twitter Lee Unkrich
  8. ^ Murray, Noel (August 29, 2007). "Jeff Garlin". The A.V. Club.,2025/. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  9. ^ Jeff Garlin at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ [1]

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