The American producer, actor, and former Slamball player LaMonica Garrett, is famous for appearing in the films “Daddy’s Home” and “The Transformers: Dark of the Moon” both in 2011, and several TV series such as “Sons of Anarchy”, and Netflix’s “Designated Survivor.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
LaMonica Garrett was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 23 May 1975, in San Francisco, California, USA, which makes him 47 years old as of 2022. He hasn’t revealed his parents’ names, nor any childhood details. Garrett was very interested in sports since he was in elementary school. He attended Burbank High School, California, and he continued training, later enrolling into a Los Angeles-based junior college and joining the school’s football team to play as a linebacker.
He had turned out to be a very experienced player by the time he joined Central State University, Ohio, and he at some point led the varsity team in tackle – his dream was to become a National Football League (NFL) player. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998, then later developed a strong passion in the showbiz industry, and enrolled for acting training soon after he relocated to Los Angeles. Concurrently, he worked as a truck driver for the FedEx delivery firm to pay for his classes.
Facts and Interests
Garrett was named after his parents’ favorite American Footballer, Daryle Lamonica, who was a former quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, which is now called Las Vegas Raiders.
He’s a fitness fanatic, and started hitting the gym when he was in high school – he still goes to the gym at least five times a week, and he now has a very mascular body. The Californian actor is a big fan of comic books and films. His favorite entertainers are Angelina Jolie and Arnold Schwarzenegger, while his best-loved movies are “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”, and “The Terminator.” He is a philanthropist and a dedicated human rights activist, who supports the Stop Asian Hate and Black Lives Matter movements. Garrett is also a very religious person and according to sources, he goes to church on a weekly basis without fail.
LaMonica made his film debut in 2003’s comedy movie “The Blues,” which was not as huge a success as anticipated, receiving mixed reviews.
He came to the limelight when he was selected to portray Morshower’s Aide in the Ehren Kruger-written and Michael Bay-directed science fiction “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, appearing alongside Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shia LaBeouf. The film was nominated for 52 awards – including three Oscars – and won 10. In 2016, he landed the starring role of J.P. Duke in the short film “The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m The Duke’ by J.P. Duke”. Later that year, Garrett featured in the comedies “Be Somebody” as Richard and in “Mouthpiece” as Jason. His most recent appearances are in the drama “Clemency,” the action thriller “Primal” both in 2019, and 2020’s action “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
LaMonica made his first TV appearance in an episode of the acclaimed sports show “One Tree Hill” in 2008. Before he gained recognition in 2013 for appearing as Luke Rodgers in Mara Brock Akil’s comedy “The Game,” which starred Coby Bell, Wendy Raquel, and Hosea Chanchez, LaMonica appeared in several comedies such as “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Eastwick,” and “Dark Blue.” In 2014, he landed the role of Deputy Sheriff Cane in Kurt Sutter’s Golden Globe-winning drama “Sons of Anarchy,” and appeared in 17 episodes. Subsequently, he appeared in the comedies “The Hotwives of Las Vegas,” “Filthy Preppy Teen$,” and “Now We’re Talking.”
From 2016-2018, LaMonica landed the role of Lieutenant Cameron Burk in 16 episodes of the science fiction “The Last Ship,” then next landed supporting roles in the shows “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and “Arrow”, and recently appeared as Casey in the drama “Delilah” in 2021.
2008 saw LaMonica featuring in the episode “Season 5 Revisited: Part 1” of the show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” He’s also voiced several video game characters, including Andre Bishop in “Fight Night Championship” in 2011, a Patrolman in “Need for Speed: The Run” in 2019, and Sergeant Griggs in ” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” He’s also credited with the production of the film “Mouthpiece” in 2016.
Awards and Nominations
Garrett’s appearance in “The Duke: Based on the Memoir ‘I’m The Duke’ by J.P. Duke” saw him receiving four award nominations, in addition to winning an Accolade Competition Excellence Award and a Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Award, and being nominated for Pasadena International Film Festival Award, all in 2016.
Garrett is a married man; he walked the aisle with Mina Ivanova on 27 April 2017 after dating for nearly 12 years. Mina, who was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and relocated to the US when she was 16 years old. She’s a real estate agent who specializes in the construction and sales of luxury homes in Encino, Calabasas, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks.
The duo welcomed their first-born, a daughter they named Naya Whitlock, before she bore a son named Montana Ivanova on 30 November 2019.
They are seemingly living a happy life together in California, without being involved in any scandals and controversies. The family enjoys strolling the beach, going for walks, and watching sunsets together, as seen on Ivanova’s Instagram page.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
LaMonica is of Afro-American ethnicity; he’s bald but has a fully-grown beard, and dark brown eyes. He has an athletic body, weighs approximately 168lbs (76kgs), and is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall. He has inked several tattoos on both of his arms.
LaMonica made a name for himself and earned a small fortune as a Slamball player; he has also earned a good sum from his successful acting career, having featured in several hit movies such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which had a box office collection of around $1.1 billion. According to authoritative sources, Garrett’s net worth is approximately $2 million as of mid-2022.
Who Garrett LaMonica’s Wife, Mina Ivanova Is
Mina’s parents moved to Brussels shortly after she was born in 1982, where she was raised until she turned four. She went to an American high school before matriculating to the University of Southern California, in which she majored in Communication. Ivanova has only two acting credits – she made her film debut in 2016’s romantic drama, “Chanel”, and landed a role in the comedy film “Mouthpiece” the following year.
She later pursued her childhood dream of becoming a real estate and sales agent, and was hired by the Aaron Kirman Group. Moreover, Ivanova has participated in many modelling campaigns and has undoubtedly amassed significsant net worth – according to sources estimated at $5 million as of 2022. Mina has an hourglass figure, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs). She had hazel eyes and long dark brown hair.