Skip to main content

Garrett, Leif 1961–

Garrett, Leif 1961–

(Leif Garret, Lief Garrett)


Full name, Leif Per Garrett; born November 8, 1961, in Hollywood, CA; son of Rick Nervick (a cameraman) and Caroline Underwood (a screenwriter and actress under the name of Carolyn Stellar); sister of Dawn Lynn (an actress).

Career: Actor and singer. Formed bands including Godspeed and F8.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Jimmy Henderson, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Columbia, 1969.

Mike Pusser, Walking Tall, Cinerama, 1973.

David, Devil Times Five (also known as People Toys and The Horrible House on the Hill), Cinemation Industries, 1974.

(As Lief Garrett) Luke Morgan, Macon County Line, American International Pictures, 1974.

Mike Pusser, Walking Tall Part II (also known as Legend of the Lawman and Part 2, Walking Tall), American International Pictures, 1975.

Johnny, Diamante Lobo (also known as A Bullet from God, God's Gun, and Pistola di Dio), Irwin Yablans, 1976.

(Uncredited) Brandon, Tigres de papel (also known as Paper Tigers), 1977.

Tom Thurston, Kid Vengeance (also known as Take Another Hard Ride and Vengeance), Cannon, 1977.

Mike Pusser, Final Chapter: Walking Tall (also known as The Man in the Back Seat and Walking Tall: The Final Chapter), American International Pictures, 1977.

Brad Harris, Skateboard (also known as Skateboard: The Movie), Universal, 1978.

Guest at Heartland, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also known as Banda de los corazones), Universal, 1978.

Paul, Longshot (also known as Long Shot Kids), 1981.

Bob Sheldon, The Outsiders, Warner Bros., 1983.

Gossip, 1983.

Casey Lee, Shaker Run, 1985.

Skip, Thunder Alley, Cannon, 1985.

Lance, Delta Fever (also known as Summer Fever), 1987.

Brent Hoover, Cheerleader Camp (also known as Bloody Pom Poms), Prism Entertainment, 1987.

Seth, Party Line, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1988.

Fowler, The Banker, Starlight, 1989.

Eddie Trojan, The Spirit of '76, Columbia, 1990.

Bill, Dominion, Prism Pictures, 1995.

Peter Ransket, The Whispering, A-Pix Entertainment, 1996.

The Next Tenant, 1998.

(As Leif Garret) Cruiser cop number four, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as Ed Wood's "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" and I Awoke Early the Day I Died), Cinequanon Pictures International, 1998.

The Art of a Bullet, Creative Light Worldwide, 1999.

Himself, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (also known as Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star), Paramount, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Endy Karras, Three for the Road, CBS, 1974–75.

Host, VH1's "8-Track Flashback," 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

"Roller Rink Anthem" presenter, I Love the '70s, VH1, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Towhead number four, Black Noon, CBS, 1971.

Endy Karras, Three for the Road, 1974.

Bobby Halsey, Strange Homecoming, NBC, 1974.

Billy Wright, The Last Survivors, NBC, 1975.

Johnny Lowman, Flood!, NBC, 1976.

Peter Lundy, Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (also known as Pony Express, Rough Rider, and The Medicine Hat Stallion), NBC, 1977.

Pete, American Black Beauty, 2005.

Janitor, Popstar, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Me and Dad's New Wife, ABC, 1976.

Himself, La sonrisa de un nino, 1978.

The Bob Hope Special, NBC, 1979.

Leif Garrett Special, 1979.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1979, 1980.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars VI, ABC, 1979.

The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s, NBC, 1980.

Rocked to Death: Michael Hutchence: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Kristy McNicol: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Behind the Music Anniversary Special, VH1, 2000.

Heart-throbs of the 70s (documentary), Sky One, 2001.

Rock & Roll Jeopardy, 2001.

Performer, American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 2002.

The Scream! Heard Round the World, 2002.

VH1 Behind the Music 5th Anniversary: Most Shocking Moments, VH1, 2002.

VH1 Bubblegum Babylon, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Billy, "The Human Element," Nanny and the Professor, ABC, 1970.

Bobby Granger, "Heroes Are Born," Family Affair, CBS, 1970.

Gabriel, "A Gun for Billy," Cade's County, CBS, 1971.

"Death Is a Double Cross," Cannon, CBS, 1971.

Tommy, "The Deadly Species," The F.B.I., ABC, 1972.

John Callahan, "The Sodbusters," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1972.

Robert, "Doorway to Death," Ghost Story (also known as Circle of Fear), NBC, 1973.

"A Man of Importance," Doc Elliot, ABC, 1973.

Harold Pearson, "The Lamb," Apple's Way, CBS, 1974.

Leonard, "The Frog," The Odd Couple, ABC, 1974.

Leonard Unger, "Felix Remarries," The Odd Couple, ABC, 1975.

Lane/Mike, "My Teenage Idol Is Missing," Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and The New Original Wonder Woman), CBS, 1978.

Zack Russell, Family, ABC, 1978.

Guest, American Bandstand, 1979.

Guest, Aplauso, 1979, 1980.

The Wolfman Jack Radio Show, syndicated, 1980.

Himself, Just Men!, NBC, 1983.

Jimmy Tyler, "Roller Disco: Parts 1 & 2," CHiPs, NBC, 1979.

Todd Logan, "A Child Is Born," Hunter, NBC, 1987.

Judd Faust, "Bringing Down the House," Superboy (also known as The Adventures of Superboy), syndicated, 1988.

"Half as Old as Time," Monsters, syndicated, 1989.

"Leif Garrett," Behind the Music (also known as VH1's "Behind the Music"), VH1, 1999.

Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1999.

Himself, "The Wish List," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1999.

Voice of himself, "The Thin White Line," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia), Fox, 2001.

Contestant, "Newsmakers Edition," Weakest Link (also known as The Weakest Link), NBC, 2001.

"Leif Garrett," Star Dates, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Contestant, Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2003.

elimiDATE, 2005.

Himself, "Tiger Beat," The 70's House (also known as MTV's "The 70's House"), MTV, 2005.

BSTV, VH1, 2005.

I Can't Believe I Wore That!, WE, 2005.

Good Morning America, ABC, 2006.

Celebrity Fear Factor, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

A Child's Christmas in Wales, National Theater of the Deaf, Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury, CT, 2000.

Johnny Molano, Old Timer, 2001.

Also appeared as title role, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.



Leif Garrett, Atlantic, 1977.

Feel the Need, 1978.

Can't Explain, Atlantic, 1978.

Same Goes For You, Scotti Bros., 1979.

My Movie of You, Scotti Bros., 1981.

The Leif Garrett Collection, Scotti Bros., 1998.

Godspeed, 1999.

(With F8) F8, 2002.

(With F8) F8 Demos, 2002.

(With The Crush Ups) Betty Ford for Xmas, 2004.


"Runaround Sue," 1978.

"I Was Made for Dancin'," 1979.

(With the Melvins) "Smells Like Teen Spirit," The Crybaby, 2000.

Also recorded "Surfin' USA"; "Put Your Head On My Shoulder"; "The Wanderer"; "Sight Unseen," Soundtrack of Soul; (with Sean Mars and Frankenstein 3000) "20th Century Boy," America's Hit Remakers; "Tear Up This Town," POPSTAR Soundtrack.


Featured performer, The Road to Freedom: L. Ron Hubbard and Friends (short), Church of Scientology, 1986.

Taped Readings:

Laurie Hartshorn's Double or Nothing, Penton Overseas, 1999.



Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL), October 26, 2001.

Boston Phoenix (Boston, MA), February 14, 2002.

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), October 25, 2001.

The Connection Newspaper (Springfield, VA), September 26, 2002.

The News-Star (Monroe, LA), October 19, 2001.

Washington Post, September 27, 2002.

Worcester Magazine (Worcester, MA), July 15, 2004.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Garrett, Leif 1961–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . 22 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Garrett, Leif 1961–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . (April 22, 2019).

"Garrett, Leif 1961–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Retrieved April 22, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.