Mar. 30th, 1958
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Vanderveen (Voiced)
Chief Quimby (Voiced)
Master Fung (Voiced)
Verminous Skumm (Voiced)
Garbage Man (Voiced)
The Brain (Voiced)
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Dubbed the voice of 'Orson Welles' (qv) (played by 'Vincent D'Onofrio' (qv)) in the film _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv), but was not credited.
- 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.
- 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).
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