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 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.
- 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.
- Dubbed the voice of 'Orson Welles' (qv) (played by 'Vincent D'Onofrio' (qv)) in the film _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv), but was not credited.
- 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.
- Voted "Most Likely to Be Someone Else" by his Toronto high school classmates. Only the third person in history, and the second in the last 50 years, to be the official voice of Popeye. Voices Toucan Sam, Fruit Loops' animated spokes-bird.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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