- Jeff Garlin
name = Jeff Garlin
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Jeff Garlin (born
June 5, 1962) is an American comic actor best known for his role as Jeff Greene, Larry David's manager on the HBO show " Curb Your Enthusiasm".
Garlin was born and raised in Chicago and then South Florida. He graduated from
Nova High Schoolin Davie, Floridain 1980. He then studied filmmaking, and began performing stand-up comedy as a student at the University of Miamiin the 1980s. He left the university without completing a degree in order to pursue his comedy career.
Garlin has toured the country as a stand-up, is an alumnus of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and has written and starred in three critically-acclaimed solo shows, "
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With", "Uncomplicated", and "Concentrated".
Garlin's comic style has much in common with the stand-ups of the '60s and early '70s (among them,
Woody Allen, Shelley Berman, Richard Pryor, and Mort Sahl). His style takes a story-telling approach, exploring his personal foibles and exposing his innermost secrets for all to hear (allowing what the Greeks and Shecky Greenecalled " catharsis".)
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
On television, Garlin co-stars and executive produces the critically acclaimed HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm". The show stars
Larry David, the co-creator of " Seinfeld".
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 several episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Garlin has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.
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", " The Late Show with David Letterman", " Tom Goes to the Mayor", " The Daily Show", and " Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Garlin appeared with Eddie Murphyin the box office hit " Daddy Day Care" and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "Full Frontal", starring Julia Robertsand David Duchovny.
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 Silvermanand Bonnie Hunt, with many memorable supporting turns, including appearances by Paul Mazursky, Dan Castellaneta, and Amy Sedaris.
In 2006, Garlin also directed "
This Filthy World", a one-man show performed by director John Waters. Garlin also appeared in " WALL-E", an animated film by Pixarthat was released June 27, 2008, as Captain B. McCrea of the "Axiom" spaceship.
He recently appeared in an episode of the
Disney Channel's " Wizards of Waverly Place".
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*"New York Times Magazine" article, June 25, 2006 [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/magazine/25garlin.html] .
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