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Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr, July 2004
Born Phillip LaMarr
January 24, 1967 (1967-01-24) (age 43)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, voice actor
Years active 1983–present
Official website

Phillip "Phil" LaMarr (born January 24, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. One of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv, he is also known for his voice acting on the animated series Futurama, Static Shock, Samurai Jack, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and inFAMOUS.


Early life

LaMarr was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Harvard High School in North Hollywood and Yale University, where he helped found the improv comedy group Purple Crayon. One of his biggest roles at Yale was the title character in the British comedy Trevor. After graduating in 1989, LaMarr became a member of the award-winning sketch and improv comedy group The Groundlings. He also studied improv at The Second City and at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago with Del Close. He has also improvised with Cold Tofu and Off the Wall. His early film jobs arose from connections from his improv and college years. For example, LaMarr appeared in the film It's Pat (1994), written by friends from the Groundlings, and he appeared in Bio-Dome because the director was a friend from college. However, his big break came in a small but memorable role in Pulp Fiction as Marvin (he would later reprise the role in a MADtv sketch parodying the film).



LaMarr, unlike most of the other original nine cast members of MADtv, had extensive television and film jobs experience when he joined the show. Even before college, he had voiced a character on the Mister T cartoon show.

Some of the recurring characters LaMarr performed on MADtv were Desperation Lee ("Funky Walker Dirty Talker"), Jaq the UBS Guy, "sexy player" Rick, talentless R&B singer Savante and Rocket Revengers star Lieutenant Abraham Jefferson (a.k.a. Lincoln Willis).

LaMarr has done "impressions" of celebrities such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Tommy Davidson, Louis Farrakhan, Michael Jackson, Vernon Jordan, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier, Colin Powell, Prince, Bill Maher, Ben Vereen, Chris Tucker, Michael Winslow, Rick James, Billy Crystal, Bobby Brown, Bernard Shaw, Sinbad, Kanye West, Don King, Johnnie Cochran, Nat King Cole, Sherman Hemsley, Chris Rock, Ice-T, and Ray Charles. He has done impressions of Moe Howard from The Three Stooges while playing an African-American version of the character.

LaMarr left MADtv at the end of the fifth season (2000).

Samurai Jack

LaMarr gave voice to the title character in the Cartoon Network animated series Samurai Jack, which started in 2001 and was canceled in 2004. The show was about a time-displaced samurai living in a dystopian future.

Other television projects

LaMarr's television credits include a starring role on Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as Green Lantern, a major role as Hermes Conrad and various other characters on Futurama, the title roles on Static Shock, and guest starring roles on Cold Case, Eve, Reno 911!, the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Without a Trace, Invader Zim, The Bernie Mac Show, NYPD Blue, Living Single, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murphy Brown, and Family Guy. In season three of Mind of Mencia, he played the ghost of Johnnie Cochran. LaMarr reprised his role as Hermes Conrad in the Futurama movies Bender's Big Score, The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender's Game, and Into the Wild Green Yonder. He also voices Wilt and other recurring characters in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Carver Descartes on The Weekenders, and several characters in the critically acclaimed Afro Samurai. He additionally voices Jazz, Omega Supreme, Oil Slick, and Jetstorm on Transformers Animated. LaMarr's newest role will be voicing Gambit and Trask in the new animated TV show, Wolverine and the X-Men. Recently LaMarr provided the voice for Nautolan Jedi Master Kit Fisto in Star Wars : The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network; he also played Amit Noloff, a one time character, and a Tactical Droid. He also had a major role in Class of 3000 as Philly Phil. LaMarr will voice JARVIS and Wonder Man in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes[1]

Film and theatre projects

LaMarr's stage credits include The Tempest, As You Like It, Guys and Dolls, Asylum , South Coast Repertory's Make the Break and Sacred Fools Theater's inaugural production of The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Revue.

On the big screen, LaMarr has appeared in the comedies Kill the Man, Free Enterprise, Cherish, Pulp Fiction, and Manna from Heaven. He appeared in Speaking of Sex with Bill Murray and Catherine O'Hara, and Back by Midnight with Kirstie Alley, Rodney Dangerfield, and Randy Quaid.

LaMarr's recent film appearances include Fronterz (2004) and Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (2005). As of April 2006, LaMarr is filming Cook-Off!, in which he will appear as Rev. Thaddeus Briggs, Esq.

LaMarr made a cameo appearance in the Will Ferrell film Step Brothers in which he is viewing a house for sale with his wife.

LaMarr also was in the Yum Corp Sexual Harassment training videos.

LaMarr is currently portraying Cowboy Curtis in the revival of The Pee-wee Herman Show. The character was originally portrayed on television by Laurence Fishburne.

Video game voiceover work

LaMarr did the English voice over work for Vamp, a villain of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Additionally, LaMarr did the voice over work for the character Reddas from Square Enix's Final Fantasy XII. He also did several voices, including Skelter, for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

He also did the English voice acting for the part of Sig in the Jak and Daxter video game series as well as voicing several characters in the game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, as well as the voice of Gadon Thek in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. As well as a featuring in the Sega CD game Make My Video C+C Music Factory. He also was the voice of Chris Jacobs in both Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and its sequel, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. He plays the character John in the PS3 title Infamous. Also he plays the character Dr. Ragland in the game Prototype.

He also was the voice of the grumpy Kane in the game The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, and Marty in the movie game tie in Madagascar.

LaMarr also recently voiced the merchant "Vulgrim" in the new action/adventure hybrid Darksiders. He also voiced the characters Sig and Count Vegar in Naughty Dog's Jak 3.

Selected works

Year Film Role Type
1983 Mister T Woody television series
1991 Murphy Brown Ben Lawson television series
1992 Jake and the Fatman Assistant television series
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Edward television series
Wings Gil the Mechanic television series
L.A. Law Reporter #3 television series
Sex, Shock & Censorship Butch Jones television series
Mad About You Marshall television series
Film | TV
A Cool Like That Christmas Harlan
voice only
animated television movie
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Leonard Pickett television series
The George Carlin Show Bob Brown television series
Pulp Fiction Marvin film
It's Pat Stage Manager film
1995 Living Single Joe television series
Sawbones Stanley Johnson television movie
MADtv Various Characters 112 episodes ending in 2000
Sketch comedy television series
1996 Bio-Dome Assistant film
Film | TV
One Hand, Left Narrator voice only
short film
The Wild Thornberrys Tuku television series
Zoomates Warren
Guy #1
voice only
Suicide, the Comedy Erik film
The Thin Pink Line Jimmy 'Licorice Whip' Wilson film
Free Enterprise Eric film
Film | TV
Futurama Hermes Conrad
Additional Voices

animated series

Hey Arnold! Jamie O animated series
Family Guy various characters 27 episodes through 2007
animated series
The Happy Prince and Other Tales Second Pigeon
New Mayor
voice only
Kill the Man Marky Marx
Film | TV
Static Shock Virgil Ovid Hawkins/Static ending in 2007
animated series
The Weekenders Carver animated series
Nikki Richard role reprisal in 2001
television series
Yes, Dear Steve role reprisal in 2001
television series
Lost Cat Lost Cat
Evil Con Carne Hector Con Carne
Closing the Deal
Eat Your Heart Out Stage manager
A Man Is Mostly Water Testifier
Film | TV
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Vamp video game
Samurai Jack Samurai Jack ending in 2004
animated series
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Hector Con Carne
Irwin's Dad
Judge Roy Splean
ending in 2006
animated series
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited John Stewart/Green Lantern ending in 2006
animated series
NYPD Blue Sidney Thompson television series
Philly Anthony television series
Speaking of Sex Joel Johnson, Jr. film
The Assistant Burton Salt television series
Film | TV
Kim Possible Vinnie 6 episodes through 2007
animated series
Manna from Heaven Asst. Casino Manager film
Invader Zim Poop Dawg, The Letter M animated series
Evil Alien Conquerors Vel-Dan film
Back by Midnight Mile Away film
Cherish Yoga instructor film
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Bert film
Film | TV
Ozzy & Drix Osmosis Jones animated series
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Gadon video game
Without a Trace Tom Lewis Jr. television series
Creepy Freaks assorted freaks direct-to-video film
Film | TV
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Black Vulcan role reprisal in 2005
television series
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Bolbi Stroganofsky television series
Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster Angus Haggart
volunteer #2
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus video game
The Fairly OddParents Mr. Phifer tv series
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Wilt
additional voices
tv series
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines various voices video game
Atomic Betty X 5 television series
Reno 911! Craps guy television series
Cold Case Kiki Solis television series
Shark Tale Pawn shop owner animated film
Quake 4 Marines video game
Film | TV
Samurai uesutan: Katsugeki samurai-dô Donald
video game
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Christopher Jacobs
News Correspondent 2
video game
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Marcus
additional voices
television series
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama animated television movie
Catscratch Squeakus - Mouse television series
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Ollie Williams
additional voices
direct-to-video animated film
The Proud Family Movie Dr. Carver in Disguise
board member
animated television movie
Robot Chicken Ang Lee
Michael Jackson
stop motion animated series
Jak X: Combat Racing G.T. Blitz
video game
The Matrix: Path of Neo Operator
SWAT Soldier
video game
True Crime: New York City video game
50 Cent: Bulletproof Bugs video game
Loonatics Unleashed Drake Sypher animated series
Guardians of Luna Alan Jedda
Second Time Around Myron
Barbershop: The Series Derrick television series
Film | TV
Spawn: The Animation
The Batman Maxie Zeus
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Gator
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Pasang
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Virgil "Bull" Sharkowski
additional voices
animated series
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Kane video game
Final Fantasy XII Reddas video game
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance T'Challa/Black Panther
Moon Knight
Uatu the Watcher
video game
Drawn Together Ray-Ray
animated series
Class of 3000 Philly Phil animated series
Scarface: The World Is Yours drug dealer video game
Avatar: The Last Airbender The 52nd Earth King Kuei animated series
Cook-Off! Rev. Thaddeus Briggs, Esq.
Film | TV
Afterworld Col. Nixon animated web series
TMNT various voices
Futurama: Bender's Big Score Hermes Conrad
additional voices
direct-to-video animated film
Afro Samurai Afro (teenager)
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Raheem
Captain Photon
Total Drama Island DJ
Chef Hatchet
animated series
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions Ramza Beoulve video game
Curb Your Enthusiasm Pharmacist television series
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Riverwind
Film | TV
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Vamp video game
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Christopher Jacobs video game
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Hermes Conrad and Additional voices
Transformers Animated Jazz
Oil Slick
Alpha Trion
animated series
The Spectacular Spider-Man Randy Robertson
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Fancy Dan/Ricochet
animated series
Wolverine and the X-Men Remy LeBeau/Gambit
Bolivar Trask
animated series
Condemned 2: Bloodshot LeRue
video game
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Tour Guide movie
Saints Row 2 Mr. Sunshine video game
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Kit Fisto
Bail Organa
Orn Free Taa
animated series
2009 inFAMOUS John White video game
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Hermes Conrad
and other voices
animated series
2010 Darksiders Vulgrim video game
Mass Effect 2 Additional voices video game
Super Street Fighter IV Dee Jay video game
2011 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes[1] JARVIS
Wonder Man
animated series


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