Phillip "Phil" LaMarr is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and impressionist well known as one of the original cast members on MADtv and for having an extensive voice acting career, particularly as the title character in Samurai Jack.
LaMarr was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, and Yale University, where he helped found the improv comedy group Purple Crayon. After graduating in 1989, LaMarr became a member of the award-winning sketch and improv comedy group The Groundlings. He also studied improv at The Second City and at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago, Illinois with Del Close.
LaMarr, unlike most of the other original nine cast members of MADtv, had extensive television and film jobs experience when he joined the show. Even before college, he had voiced a character on the Mister T cartoon show. Some of the recurring characters LaMarr performed on MADtv were Desperation Lee, Jaq the UBS Guy, "sexy player" Rick, talentless R&B singer Savante, and Rocket Revengers star Lieutenant Abraham Jefferson (a.k.a. Lincoln Willis). LaMarr has also done an extensive number of celebrity impressions on the show.
LaMarr's voiceover credits include John Stewart/Green Lantern in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Hermes Conrad and various other characters in Futurama, and the title roles in Samurai Jack and Static Shock. LaMarr reprised his role as Hermes Conrad in the Futurama movies and in the series' 2010 relaunch on Comedy Central. He also voices Wilt and other recurring characters in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Carver Descartes on The Weekenders, Osmosis Jones in Ozzy & Drix, Jazz, Omega Supreme, Oil Slick, and Jetstorm in Transformers Animated, Aquaman and other characters in Young Justice, and Baxter Stockman in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
In film, LaMarr is most well known as the ill-fated Marvin in Pulp Fiction. He has appeared in Kill the Man, Free Enterprise, Cherish, and Manna from Heaven. He has also made cameo appearances in Step Brothers and Spider-Man 2.
LaMarr's stage credits include The Tempest, As You Like It, Guys and Dolls, Asylum, South Coast Repertory's Make the Break, and the Sacred Fools Theater Company's inaugural production of The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Revue.
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