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Leif Per Nervik, [[StageNames aka Leif Garrett]] (b. November 8, 1961) is an American singer, actor and former TeenIdol. [[FormerChildStar Since the age of five]], [[LongRunner he has appeared in numerous productions in many mediums]], including television (including his StarMakingRole as Endy Karras on ''Three For The Road''), film, stage and records.

Garrett has had many run-ins with the law, particularly regarding his long-running drug habit. An episode of ''Behind The Music'' in 1999 reconciled him with his former best friend who he unintentionally paralysed in a substance-fuelled car accident.

Garrett is now a commentator on ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'', where he often showcases his [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] humour in regards to his life, career and legal troubles. He's also appeared on other reality programs such as ''FearFactor'' and ''Celebrity Rehab''.

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[[folder:Discography]]
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Leif Garrett]]'' (1977)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Feel The Need]]'' (1978)
* ''Same Goes For You'' (1979)
* ''Can't Explain'' (1980)
* ''My Movie Of You'' (1981)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Leif Garrett Collection]]'' (1998)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Godspeed]]'' (1999)
* ''F8 and F8 Demos'' (2002/2003)
* ''The Three Sides Of...'' (2007)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Best Of...]]'' (2010)
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[[folder:Non-Album Singles Discography]]
* "Happy Birthday" (2002)
* "Betty Ford For Christmas" (as Leif Garrett and The Crush-Ups) (2004)
* "Hot Blooded" (2007)
* "The Final Coutdown" (2007)
* "I Was Made For Dancin' Remix" (2007)
* "American Pie" (2008)
* "Home Sweet Home" (2008)
* "Sky High" (2009)
* "Merry X-mas Everybody" (2009)
* "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)" (2010)
* "Everything" (with Craig Else) (2010)
* "Help You, Make You" (with Craig Else) (2012)
* "Old Man" (with Craig Else) (2012)
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[[folder:Filmography]]
* ''Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice'' (1969)
* ''Walking Tall'' (1973)
* ''Devil Times Five'' (1974)
* ''Macon County Line'' (1974)
* ''Walking Tall Part 2'' (1975)
* ''God's Gun'' (1976)
* ''Paper Tigers'' (1977)
* ''Kid Vengeance'' (1977)
* ''Walking Tall: Final Chapter'' (1977)
* ''Skateboard'' (1978)
* ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' (1978)
* ''Longshot'' (1981)
* ''The Outsiders'' (1983)
* ''Shaker Run'' (1985)
* ''Thunder Alley'' (1985)
* ''Delta Fever'' (1987)
* ''Cheerleader Camp'' (1987)
* ''Party Line'' (1988)
* ''The Banker'' (1989)
* ''The Spirit of '76'' (1990)
* ''Dominion'' (1995)
* ''The Whispering'' (1996)
* ''The Next Tenant'' (1998)
* ''I Woke Up Early the Day I Died'' (1998)
* ''The Art of a Bullet'' (1999)
* ''Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star'' (2003)
* ''Popstar'' (2005)
* ''Fish Mich'' (2009)
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[[folder:Television Work]]
* ''Nanny and the Professor'' (1970)
* ''Black Noon'' (1971)
* ''Circle of Fear'' (1973)
* ''Strange Homecoming'' (1974)
* ''The Last Survivors'' (1975)
* ''[[StarmakingRole Three for the Road]]'' (1975) (cancelled after 13 episodes)
* ''Flood!'' (1976)
* ''Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion'' (1977)
* ''Family'' (1978)
* ''WonderWoman'' (1978)
* ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'' (1979)
* ''VH1's 8-Track Flashback'' (19951996)
* ''American Black Beauty'' (2005)
* ''Celebrity Fear Factor'' (2005)
* ''Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge'' (2007) (cancelled after 6 episodes)
* ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest...'' (2008-present)
* ''Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew'' (2010)
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!!This actor/musician shows examples of:
* AbusiveParents / DisappearedDad: Had an abusive father as a very young child. The father ultimately deserted his family, but apparently there's been an effort for reconciliation.
** He alludes to this in the song "Just Like Me".
* {{Adorkable}}: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GUiv5I1zlo this clip]] from his ''Elimidate'' episode.
* AlbumTitleDrop: The albums ''Feel The Need'', ''Can't Explain'', ''Same Goes For You'' and ''My Movie of You'' are all named for lines in their songs.
* AudienceParticipation: His recent live gigs often involve inviting audience members to sing with him onstage.
** He's also used "I Was Made For Dancin'" an an AudienceParticipationSong. At the halfway mark, he invites audience members onstage to dance with him.
* {{Bishonen}}: Or he was so, during the first wave of his fame.
* BreakUpSong: "Borrowed Time", "Alive (Today)".
* BrotherSisterTeam: Was this with his younger sister, Dawn Lyn. They appeared in many television and film spots together, where some of the storylines resulted in rather [[IncestuousCasting awkward situations]].
* ButtMonkey: Is frequently made fun of on ''World's Dumbest'', though always in a lighthearted way.
* TheCameo: As an actor he's had quite a few of these, but one worthy of note is his self-parodying one on ''FamilyGuy''.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: In many of his songs, naturally during his cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
* TheCasanova: Definitely this in his younger years, but he still pulls the chicks even now. This is touched on in his bio on the Meeting House Productions website:
--> ''Oh, Leif. Former teen idol.'' ''[[TroubledButCute Possessor of inexplicable charm]]''. ''[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys He's sort of the boyfriend you know you should break up with but just can't]]''.
* CashCowFranchise / TheMerch / MerchandiseDriven: In the late 1970s, he was this. He appeared in everything from records, television specials and magazines to even notebooks.
* ChildPopstar: Released his debut album at age fifteen, and was playing guitar and singing at least two years before then.
* ChristmasSongs: Played straight with many of his Christmas covers, including Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody". Subverted with one of his original songs, "Betty Ford For Xmas", about life as a drug user.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Plays up this within his projected image and shows shades of this in real life as well.
* ContractualPurity: This and the various [[BreakTheCutie other pitfalls of fame]] is said to have contributed to his drug use.
* CoverVersion: Is known for these. He's performed everything from [[Music/TheBeatles "Happy Birthday"]] to [[{{Nirvana}} "Smells Like Teen Spirit"]]. In fact, his BreakthroughHit was a cover of TheBeachBoys' "Surfin' USA".
** He's also covered "Singin' in the Rain", "Bad to Me", "California Girls", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", "Johnny B. Goode", "That's All", "Stuck in the Middle With You", the list goes on...
** Plus he's covered songs like "Lola", "Hot Blooded", [[Music/MotleyCrue "Home Sweet Home"]], "Sky High", "The Final Countdown" and "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)" for iTunes releases.
** And that's not even going into the covers he's done live.
* DreamTeam: Has collaborated with the Music/{{Melvins}} and punk-rock artist Craig Else.
* DrugsAreBad: Ironically, he covered the song "Kicks" in 1979 for the album ''Same Goes For You'', around the same time he confessed to beginning his drug use.
** His 2004 collaboration with The Crush-Ups, "Betty Ford For X-mas", is a satire of Garrett's own life as a drug user.
* {{Earworm}}: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ''I! Was made for dancin'! All-all-all-all night long!'']]
* FakeBrit: Affects a British accent in some of his songs, most noticeably in "Same Goes For You."
* FormerChildStar: Parodied in his role on ''Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star''. He even sings a song on the soundtrack with this trope almost word-for-word as its very title, and contributes vocals to the song "Child Stars on Your Television".
* GuyLiner: Is almost never seen without wearing eyeliner nowadays.
* HiddenDepths: Had been playing the guitar and singing since the age of thirteen. Apparently he's also a decent visual artist, and according to Rachel Uchitel, [[http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/12/23/exclusive-leif-garrett-baking-cookies-rachel-uchitel/ pretty damn good at baking cookies]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Uses this to full effect on ''World's Dumbest'' when criticizing the subjects of the videos for their outlandish, lawbreaking behavior. Of course, it is all PlayedForLaughs.
* IdolSinger
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His name is pronounced 'Layf', not 'Leaf' or 'Life'.
** BerserkButton: Mispronounce Leif's name while talking to any {{fangirl}} and prepare to run for your life...
** SpellMyNameWithAnS: Has had his first name frequently misspelt as 'Lief', and his last name misspelt as 'Garret'.
* IWasQuiteALooker: People often comment, in various media and in RealLife, about how cute Garrett was as a teenager.
* {{Keet}}: Oh ''yeah''.
* LikeIsLikeAComma / SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen / TotallyRadical: His Southern Californian upbringing coupled with his youthful personality cause him to speak like this.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: At the peak of his fame.
* LoveIsADrug: He also covered the song "Love Is The Drug" by RoxyMusic.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "Still I Wish"
* LyricalColdOpen: "Are You Satisfied?"
* LyricalDissonance: "Symptoms". The song speaks of a dying relationship to an upbeat soundtrack.
* MeaningfulRename: After his father had left the family, Leif's mother suggested he change his name for his burgeoning acting career. He initially went by 'Leif Per' (Per is his middle name), but found that casting agents had trouble pronouncing it. One day he received a paycheck that was accidentally addressed to a 'Leif Garrett'. After he and his mother discovered that the name 'Garrett' meant 'mountain' and denoted strength, he then decided to adopt that name.
* NewSoundAlbum: Went from a PowerPop/{{Disco}}/Teen-Pop sound during his heyday (though he has acknowledged that this sound was due to ExecutiveMeddling) to an AlternativeRock / {{Grunge}} sound in the 1990s.
** Then again, ''Feel The Need'' was this to ''Leif Garrett''. The disco sound was adopted in favour of the Power-Pop, Pop-Rock treatment of covers used beforehand. His subsequent TeenIdol catalog had a mixture of both sounds.
* NiceGuy: Despite his rather troublesome life, he's softly-spoken, always has time for the fans, and is said to be one of the most genuine and sweetest guys in show business. It's also the reason why his subsequent breakdown took many by surprise.
** [[http://www.leifgarrettfans.com/sightings.html These fan encounters]] have this trope in full effect.
* NotChristianRock: He claims the song "Sight Unseen" to be this, despite the fact he performed it with the Christian Metal group Liberty n' Justice.
* ObfuscatingStupidity / SmarterThanYouLook / GeniusDitz: Is actually an incredibly deep, creative and intelligent man despite his portrayed image.
* OddFriendship: Has had a few of these. Some include Tiger Woods' mistress Rachel Uchitel and the late great HeathLedger.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Currently employs this in his music.
* PoliceBrutalityGambit: Has pulled non-physical variations of this in regards to his recent drug arrests.
* RealitySubtext: In the 1985 movie ''Thunder Alley'', Garrett plays the frontman of a rock band who is pushed aside for a younger, more promising guitarist. On top of that, the group is torn apart by drugs. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Hmmmm...]]
** His character in ''The Outsiders'', Bob Sheldon, is a heavy drinker.
* RealMenWearPink
* SanitySlippageSong: "I Know".
* SillyLoveSongs: When he wasn't performing covers, he was performing these. "When I Think of You" and "Living Without Your Love" are two of his most famous examples.
* StepfordSmiler: A self-confessed Type A during the height of his fame.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Pulls this a lot on ''World's Dumbest''.
* TeenIdol: A classic, if somewhat tragic, example. His fanbase in the late 1970's and, to a lesser extent, the early 1980's and late 1990's rivaled that of Music/JustinBieber or OneDirection today.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "I Know". ''Literally''.
* TypeCasting: Had this happen three times in his career. In his days of being a child actor, he was often cast as the CreepyChild, often WiseBeyondTheirYears. In adolescence, he was without exception cast as TheHero, often a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purity sue]]. In adulthood, he often flip-flops between AdamWesting and playing the [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] CardCarryingVillain.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: With those piercing hazel peepers (definitely NOT blue, despite what some would have you believe), then heck yes.
* VocalEvolution / HarshVocals: Went from a polished alto in the late 1970s to a deep, husky growl in his Alternative period.