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