Mar. 30th, 1958
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Maurice LaMarche (born March 30,1958) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but his family moved to Timmins, Ontario, very soon after he was born. LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television" It was not until his sophomore year of high school that he learned of the popularity his talent for mimicry could garner him. This realization came from a coincidental performance in a high school "variety night" when a couple of friends urged him to enter. The act he performed at the variety night was "celebrities as waiters" which he actually used all the way up until the end of his stand-up career.
- Went to elementary school with 'Mike Myers (I)' (qv) in Toronto, Canada. Although they were four grades apart, they both have brothers named Paul who were best friends and in the same class in their fourth grade year.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Comes from a TV background. His father, Guy LaMarche, was a local TV newscaster, first in 1961 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, then in from 1962 to 1963 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. During the senior LaMarche's short tenure at the Ottawa TV station, his fellow on-camera newscasters were a young Peter Jennings and Alex Trebek. Forty years later, in 2003, Maurice LaMarche was part of an answer on Trebek's game show, Jeopardy, when the question was, "What is The Brain?". Trebek and Maurice LaMarche have never met.
- 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.
- Voice of Egon Spengler in _"The Real Ghost Busters" (1986)_ (qv), which he reprised for _"Extreme Ghostbusters" (1997)_ (qv) in the late 1990s. He claims that the producers asked him not to impersonate 'Harold Ramis' (qv) (the live action Egon of the films), but he did so anyway and got the job. He and 'Frank Welker' were the only two Ghostbuster voice actors to stay with the series throughout its entire run ('Arsenio Hall' (qv) and the late 'Lorenzo Music' were replaced by 'Buster Jones' (qv) and 'Dave Coulier' (qv), respectively).
- 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.
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