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David Alan Coulier (born September 21, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist and television host. He is well known for playing Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House and for voicing Peter Venkman on the cartoon adaptation of Ghostbusters and the infant incarnations of Animal and Bunsen on Muppet Babies.
Coulier in 2010
|Birth name||David Alan Coulier|
|Born||September 21, 1959|
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Education||Notre Dame High School University of Michigan|
|Genres||Sketch comedy, observational comedy, clean comedy|
Jayne Modean (m. 1990–1992)
Melissa Bring (m. 2014)
David Alan Coulier, formerly Couwlier, was born to David Alan Couwlier and Arlen Couwlier in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, on September 21, 1959. His mother's side of the family is from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, and his paternal grandmother was a Jewish immigrant from Germany. He got his start in stand-up comedy in high school by impersonating his principal and other staff over his high school's PA system. He graduated in 1977 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan, where he was a member of the varsity ice hockey team, playing defense alongside future NHL player John Blum. Coulier also attended high school with Mark Cendrowski whose claim to fame is directing The Big Bang Theory. Coulier and Cendrowski have been friends since the third grade and were always making 8mm films together during high school. Coulier also attended The University of Michigan but dropped out after his freshman year to pursue comedy full time.
Coulier met future Full House co-star Bob Saget through the Los Angeles comedy circuit. The two became good friends and Coulier briefly lived with Saget and his then-wife Sherri on their couch in the early 1980s as he struggled to get his career started.
He was initially cast as a player for Saturday Night Live for the 1986 season. However, right before the season started, casting changes were made and he was left off the show. It was said that many of the producers felt he was too similar in humor style to Dana Carvey, who was also joining the show in 1986, and that was why the change was made.
Coulier has done extensive voice work for shows including Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, The Real Ghostbusters, Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters (taking over the character of Peter Venkman after Lorenzo Music's departure from the role), Extreme Ghostbusters, Muppet Babies after Howie Mandel left (Baby Animal, Baby Bunsen, Bean Bunny, and Uncle Statler and Waldorf, and a pre-teen Janice for one episode), The Jetsons, Rude Dog and the Dweebs, and Detention. From 1984 to 1985, he was also the host of a comedy series on Nickelodeon known as Out of Control.
Coulier is known for playing Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House. He stayed on the show from 1987 until its cancellation in 1995. He was famous for doing voices and impersonations. In addition to Full House, Coulier appeared on George and Leo and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. He has also hosted America's Funniest People (first with Arleen Sorkin and later with Tawny Kitaen) and Opportunity Knocks. Additionally, he was also a voice actor in Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose and has voiced Felix the Cat on a few occasions. He also put out a solo album called Cut It Out, a self-proclaimed tribute to "tank tops and short shorts."
In addition to his voice work, Coulier has also taken a few acting parts appearing in the Disney Channel Original Movie's The Thirteenth Year and The Even Stevens Movie (where he had a cameo as a reality show host), as well as the Nickelodeon original movie Shredderman Rules and he wrote and starred in an unaired pilot for FX called Whispers and Balls.
He also founded his own children's entertainment company F3 Entertainment, in 2000. In 2003, Coulier appeared on season three of The Surreal Life. In 2006, he appeared on the TV reality show Skating with Celebrities on FOX, where he was paired with Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan. They were eliminated in episode four.
Currently, he is a member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater touring comedy troupe (which he claims is clean comedy but "not quite as creepy" as Full House) as well as host of the series Animal Kidding. His work on Robot Chicken is probably his most "adult" to date, voicing off-color situations, like Popeye savagely beating Wimpy over a debt.
On June 2, 2008, Chikara, professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, announced that Coulier was elected by the Chikara Board of Directors as the new commissioner of the company, a position that he held for two years until the next election (which took place on May 25, 2010). Coulier is the successor to former Commissioner and fellow Full House cast member Bob Saget.
In 2009, Coulier provided the voice for Bob McKenzie on the Canadian animated series Bob & Doug, based on the SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie. Coulier became the first person other than Rick Moranis to portray the character, as Moranis (who serves as executive producer) was not interested in resuming the part. Coulier says he understands that longtime fans might be skeptical of his take on the role, but he could not help jumping at the chance to portray one of his favorite comic characters. "It's huge shoes to fill, stepping into Rick Moranis' shoes. It's such an established, great character and I guess the only thing I have going for me is that it kind of sounds alike and that half of my family is from Canada." His mother's family is from Bathurst, New Brunswick.
Coulier continued to make regular television appearances as the host of shows such as America's Funniest People and America's Most Talented Kid. He continues to tour the U.S. and Canada as a stand-up comedian.
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Coulier's stand-up routine is centered on his ability to mimic celebrities and cartoon characters, a talent that has given him a second career in voice acting. Many of Coulier's bits involve putting well-known characters into unexpected situations. Coulier has also been known to include harmonica playing in his act. Coulier's material is largely family-friendly, a position he has extended to his youth-oriented comedy website, cleanguys.TV.
In the early 1990s, Coulier was married for two years to Jayne Modean. They have one son, named Luc Coulier, born in 1990. Having divorced, he started dating Alanis Morissette, but they broke up shortly before she recorded her album Jagged Little Pill. He is widely believed to be the subject of Morissette's song "You Oughta Know." In 2005, Coulier began dating photographer and producer Melissa Bring. They married on July 2, 2014, in Montana.
Coulier is a private pilot who owns and flies a B35 Bonanza. His first general aviation flight was at the age of five in Michigan. He earned his pilot's license at the same airport later in 1979 and is now instrument rated. In 2012, he did more flight training in a Cirrus SR20 to "keep current". He is part of the Hat in the Ring Society to support the AOPA foundation, an organization that promotes safe flying.
Coulier is an ice hockey fan and participates in charity events with the Detroit Red Wings. He is also an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and has played in a few celebrity softball games alongside Tigers fan Tom Selleck.
|1979||Scooby and Scrappy-Doo||Muscles Malone / Additional voices|
|1982||Things Are Tough All Over||Man with Tongue in Restaurant||Credited as David Couwlier|
|1984||Out of Control||Dave / Ha Ha||8 episodes|
|1984||Detroit Comedy Jam||Himself||Special|
|1985||The Jetsons||Additional voices||New version of the 1962 TV series|
|1986–1991||Muppet Babies||Animal / Bean Bunny / Bunsen||Voice roles|
|1987–1991||The Real Ghostbusters||Peter Venkman (voice)||Seasons 3–7 (replaced Lorenzo Music)|
|1987–1995||Full House||Joey Gladstone||Main role|
|1987||Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose||Firkin (voice)||TV movie|
|1989||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Garry's Voice Box||Episode: "Garry Acts Like a Moron"|
|1989||Rude Dog and the Dweebs||Dane||Voice role|
|1990||America's Funniest People||Himself/host|
|1992–1993||The Little Mermaid||Moray the Eel (voice)||3 episodes|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||The Real Anonymous||Episode: "Chip Off the Old Clark"|
|1995||Freakazoid!||Teenage Boy (voice)||Episode: "Freak a Panel/Tomb of Invisibo"|
|1995||The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries||Captain / PC Voice (voices)||2 episodes|
|1996||World's Funniest Videos||Himself/host||Direct-to-video|
|1996||Pinky and the Brain||Tom Hanks (voice)||Episode: "Brain's Song"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Peter Venkman (voice)||Episode: "Back in the Saddle: Part 1 & 2"|
|1999||The Thirteenth Year||Whit Griffin||TV movie|
|2002||The Zeta Project||Delivery Bot (voice)||Episode: "Resume Mission"|
|2002||Dexter's Laboratory||Coach (voice)||Episode: "Oh, Brother/Another Dad Cartoon/Bar Exam"|
|2003||The Even Stevens Movie||Lance LeBow||TV movie|
|2003||America's Most Talented Kid||Himself/host|
|2003||Teen Titans||Tramm / Captain (voice)||Episode: "Deep Six"|
|2003–2004||The Surreal Life||Himself||20 episodes|
|2004||Felix the Cat Saves Christmas||Felix the Cat (voice)||TV movie|
|2005–2016||Robot Chicken||Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone, Popeye, Bluto, Barney Rubble (voices)||6 episodes|
|2006||Skating With Celebrities||Himself||3 episodes|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||There's No Snow Penguin||Direct-to-DVD; voice role|
|2006||Plactic Man in Puddle Trouble||Archie (voice)||TV short film|
|2007||Shredderman Rules!||Dad||TV movie|
|2007||The GradeSchool Game||Himself/host|
|2007||The Family Holiday||Donald "Doc" Holiday||Direct-to-DVD|
|2009||Bob & Doug||Bob McKenzie (voice)||4 episodes|
|2011–2015||China, IL||Ronald Reagan / various other voices||4 episodes|
|2013||How I Met Your Mother||Himself||Episode: "P.S. I Love You"|
|2015||Grandfathered||Therapy Patient||Episode: "My Amal"|
|2016–present||Fuller House||Joey Gladstone||Recurring role; also directed 4 episodes|
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