Carlos Alazraqui
Alazraqui at Flappers in Burbank, California in 2019
Born
Carlos Jaime Alazraqui

(1962-07-20) July 20, 1962 (age 61)[1]
Other namesCarlos Jaime Alazraqui
Carlos J. Alazraqui
Dennis O'Connor
Carlos Higgins
EducationCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • impressionist
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • director
Years active1982–present
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Laura Mala
(m. 2010)
Children2
Comedy career
Medium
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)
Websitewww.carlosalazraqui.com Edit this at Wikidata

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui (born July 20, 1962)[1] is an American actor, best known for his role as Deputy James Garcia on Reno 911! and for his voice acting roles. His extensive voice-over work includes the original voice of Spyro from Spyro the Dragon; Shameless O’Scanty, Leslie P. Lilylegs, Elliott Sampson and Tad Tucker on New Looney Tunes; the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials; Denzel Crocker, Juandissimo Magnifico, and Sheldon Dinkleberg on The Fairly OddParents; Rocko and Spunky on Rocko's Modern Life; Scooter on SpongeBob SquarePants; Lazlo, Clam, and other characters on Camp Lazlo; Rikochet in ¡Mucha Lucha!; Grandpapi Rivera in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera; Carlos Casagrande, Sergio, Vito, and other characters in the franchise of The Loud House; Mr. Weed in Family Guy; and the Disney character Panchito Pistoles since 2001. He is a weekly contributor on The Stephanie Miller Show.

Early life

Carlos Jaime Alazraqui was born in Yonkers, New York on July 20, 1962, to Argentine parents.[2][1] He has Sephardic Jewish heritage from his father.[3] His mother was a Methodist minister. [4]He moved with his family to Concord, California, at an early age.[5] Alazraqui graduated from Concord High School.[6] He attended college at California State University, Sacramento from 1982 to 1986, where he began competing in open mic contests.[2][7] After winning in his fourth year, Alazraqui took his prize money and moved to Los Angeles.[8]

Career

Stand-up comedy

Alazraqui originally began his career in stand-up comedy, he was the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition in 1993.[9][10] He beat out fellow comedians Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt.[11]

In addition, Alazraqui joined Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in 2014, playing some of the dates with Ward and he has a semi-regular segment on Miller's radio show Coffee with Carlos.[12]

Film and television

Alazraqui is known for his live-action work in Reno 911!, in which he portrayed Deputy James Garcia for five seasons (2003–08). He played the same role in the series' 2007 spinoff film Reno 911! Miami. As a nod to this role, he also played a "bumbling" Reno cop in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Let it Bleed". He has been a celebrity on the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares.[13]

Alazraqui also wrote and starred in The Last White Dishwasher, a short film.[14]

In 2020, Alazraqui reprised his role as Deputy James Oswaldo Garcia in the seventh season of Reno 911! which aired on Quibi. He also appeared in the 2021 Paramount+ movie, Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon. The eighth season of the series, now titled Reno 911! Defunded, premiered on The Roku Channel in February 2022.

He reprised his role as Denzel Crocker in The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder, a live-action sequel to The Fairly OddParents, which premiered on Paramount+ in March 2022.[15]

Voice acting

Alazraqui has performed several voices for Nickelodeon cartoons, including Rocko on Rocko's Modern Life, as well as Denzel Crocker and Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly OddParents, Winslow T. Oddfellow and Lube on CatDog, and Scooter on SpongeBob SquarePants. He also voiced several additional voices for the Cartoon Network shows, Cow and Chicken, Kidscity: The Village Dome of Kids, and I Am Weasel during their runs in the mid-late 1990s. He also voiced Spyro in Spyro the Dragon. He was later replaced by Tom Kenny as Spyro in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Spyro: Year of the Dragon and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly. In 1997, he voiced Crash Bandicoot in promotional trailers for the game Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back,[16] also switching out live performances as him with Tom Kenny at E3 1997.[17] He also voiced the Taco Bell chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials,[18] Rikochet in the first two seasons of ¡Mucha Lucha! and Mr. Weed (the head of the "Happy Go Lucky" toy factory) on Family Guy. It is mentioned in the DVD commentary track that Alazraqui was reluctant to leave Family Guy. In particular, Seth MacFarlane suggests that the death of Alazraqui's character took the actor by surprise. He also voiced Dr. Julius No in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.

Alazraqui in 2005

In 2005, he added the voices for two Cartoon Network series: The Life and Times of Juniper Lee where he played Monroe, a guardian dog with a Scottish accent and three characters in Camp Lazlo: Lazlo, Clam and Chef McMuesli. In 2006, he added Salty Mike from Squirrel Boy and Walden in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! on Nick Jr. to his credits. He played Wisk in Glen Hill's 2000 film version of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. He also provided the voice of Nestor in the Happy Feet films. He has also voiced the Hanna-Barbera characters Baba Looey, Mudsy the Funky Phantom, and Loopy De Loop in modern appearances.

Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer for Rocko's Modern Life, described Alazraqui's normal voice as bearing "no accent at all". Marsh describes Alazraqui's "Scottish accent" as "one of the best" and that he performs his other accents as "all very well". According to Marsh, Alazraqui uses various accents in his comedy routines.[19] He had worked for the Disney Channel on Handy Manny, where he provided the voice for Felipe, the bilingual Phillips-head screwdriver and for Abuelito, Manny's grandfather. He was the original "voice guy" on the Stephanie Miller Show, later being replaced by Jim Ward, who had previously substituted for him. In January 2008, Alazraqui returned to fill in briefly while Ward recovered from surgery. In 2014, he voiced Mesmo and Torts in Mixels. He voices Tio Tortuga in Sheriff Callie's Wild West.[20]

In 2023, Alazraqui joined the cast of The Case of the Greater Gatsby, a noir parody podcast produced by Shipwrecked Comedy, playing a singing cowboy actor in 1940s Hollywood.[21] The show also features his Fairly Odder co-stars Lesli Margherita and Mary Kate Wiles (Wiles is also a producer). The show premiered on July 26, 2023.[22]

Web

In 2009, he collaborated with Ted Nicolaou on the web series The Club,[23] which was released in November 2010. The series features Jill-Michele Meleán, Debra Wilson, Johnny A. Sanchez, Lori Alan, and Daran Norris.

In 2013, Alazraqui starred as a drug dealer[24] in one episode of the Melinda Hill web series Romantic Encounters.[25]

Personal life

Alazraqui resides in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two daughters.[26] One daughter, Rylee, is a voice actor as well. Rylee is the voice of Rohk-Tahk in the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Prodigy.

Filmography

Main article: Carlos Alazraqui filmography

Awards and nominations

References

  1. ^ a b c "Happy Birthday To Yonker's Carlos Jaime Alazraqui". The Daily Voice. July 20, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Carlos Alazraqui Q&A: Birthplace (Video)". 37prime.news. December 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
    • a "...then attended school, college in Sacramento after two years of junior college playing soccer and running track. I decided to do four years at Sacramento State from 82-86." — 00:58-01:08.
  3. ^ @carlosalazraqui (May 15, 2018). "@RavMABAY @charlie_adler Thank you, from this person who's of Sephardic Jewish origin on my father's side!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ https://sovas.org/carlosalazraqui/
  5. ^ Group, Susan Young | Bay Area News; MediaNews (November 7, 2007). "'Reno' big fish just a guppie at home". East Bay Times. Retrieved December 21, 2023.
  6. ^ ""Reno 911" character keeps laughs coming". October 6, 2006.
  7. ^ Basofin, Pete. "Sac History Happenings: In History's Spotlight: Carlos Alazraqui". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Carlos Alazraqui profile". San Francisco Comedy Competition. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Past Winners".
  10. ^ ""Reno 911" character keeps laughs coming". October 6, 2006.
  11. ^ "Episode #307: Carlos Alazraqui". July 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Stephanie Miller Show - August 5, 2015 - Free Speech TV". Free Speech TV. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ ""Hollywood Squares" - Episode dated 28 December 1998". IMDB. December 28, 1998. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Pedro Almodovar's 'Broken Embraces' opens the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival - Spotlight on Entertainment". Spotlight on Entertainment. October 2, 2009.
  15. ^ Adams, Timothy (March 28, 2022). "The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder Exclusive Clip Reveals the Return of Mr. Crocker". ComicBook. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  16. ^ @carlosalazraqui (August 24, 2017). "#TBT to the Crash Bandicoot and Taco Bell days... #90s" (Tweet). Retrieved June 12, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ @carlosalazraqui (December 10, 2023). "We both interchanged during those years at the conference. Not sure about 97" (Tweet). Retrieved February 16, 2024 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ David, Long. "Taco Bell Dog Story".
  19. ^ Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ
  20. ^ Sheriff Callie's Wild West on IMDb
  21. ^ The Case of the Greater Gatsby on IMDb.com
  22. ^ The Case of the Greater Gatsby on Apple Podcasts
  23. ^ "The Club on The Web". The Club on The Web. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  24. ^ "brand new episode up today starring Carlos Alazraqui!". Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  25. ^ Gutelle, Sam (June 26, 2013). "Melinda Hill Seeking 'Romantic Encounters' On My Damn Channel Network". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  26. ^ "Gabriel Igelsias and Carlos Alazraqui Talk Disney's PLANES, Voicing Their Characters, Voice-Over vs Stand-Up, Improv, and Their Upcoming Projects". Collider. August 7, 2013.
Preceded bynone Voice of Spyro the Dragon 1998 Succeeded byTom Kenny