Mar. 30th, 1958
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guest TV Roles
Chief Quimby (Voiced)
Master Fung (Voiced)
Screaming Cop (Voiced)
Duke Nukem (Voiced)
Garbage Man (Voiced)
Lord Pringle (Voiced)
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- Used to smoke Cuban cigars voraciously, as he believed they gave his voice the depth needed to play 'Orson Welles' (qv). However, he quit and has been completely smoke-free since July 17, 2007.
- Also does a variety of other voices besides 'Orson Welles' (qv). He has done the voice of Yosemite Sam in most recent Warner Bros. productions and did a dead-on 'Alec Baldwin' (qv) impression for _Team America: World Police (2004)_ (qv).
- Has played 'Orson Welles' (qv) three times, and arguably a forth time. The Brain's voice was based on 'Orson Welles' (qv). He voiced 'Orson Welles' (qv) on an episode of _"The Critic" (1994)_ (qv), in which Welles reads the video will of Jay's parents, and he provided his voice in _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv). He portrayed Welles again in a segment on The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XVII in 2006. He also provided voices for the _"Transformers" (1984)_ (qv) series, the film of which was Welles' last performance.
- Was granted a private audience with The Dalai Lama, based on the eloquence of a note he passed to the Buddhist leader's secretary on a flight from Los Angeles to Vancouver in April of 2004 as His Holiness was about start his Canadian tour. The note described his struggle with the anger and rage he'd carried for 17 years at his father's murderer, and he asked for His Holiness' help. He was ushered to The Dalai Lama's seat, where they spoke for ten minutes. LaMarche has spoken publicly of it as a defining moment in his life.
- Went to high school with 'Howie Mandel (I)' (qv) for a year, and even though they would become close friends as adults, they never met during the entire time they were in school together.
- After a ten-year career in stand-up comedy, touring with such acts as 'Rodney Dangerfield' (qv), 'George Benson (II)' (qv), 'Kool & The Gang' (qv), 'George Carlin' (qv) and 'David Sanborn' (qv), and culminating in a breakout appearance on HBO's _The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special (1984) (TV)_ (qv), LaMarche abruptly retired from performing after the tragic murder of his beloved father in 1987. Since then, he is known to be a very private man and surprisingly, did a rare public performance at the San Diego Comic-Con International Convention in 2002. He and fellow voice actors 'Rob Paulsen' (qv) and 'Jess Harnell' (qv) did several skits, and Lamarche was greeted by thunderous applause when he did his most favorite incarnation, The Brain. He returned again for Comic Con 2003 for an encore.
- His most famous character, "The Brain," from the Emmy-winning _"Pinky and the Brain" (1995)_ (qv), is a take-off on actor 'Orson Welles' (qv) (the inspiration for his impression came from a recording of Orson ranting during the taping of a British frozen peas commercial).
- In 1984, he auditioned for the role of David Addison in _"Moonlighting" (1985)_ (qv), and came close to getting the part. He got three callbacks but was eliminated just before the screen-test phase.
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