While Gary is said to be the older brother of Walter, the two brothers are very close in age. The two are shown in the same first grade class, and also participate in the same JPA Troop and play on the same baseball team. When their heights are recorded, both Gary and Walter are marked as being the same age at the time of the measurings (the brothers are shown in the film being measured together at ages 6 and 13). In the film's opening narration, Walter says "That's my brother Gary. He's the best friend you could ever have. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, we could be twins."
Actor David Buehrle was cast as Gary at age 16, and discussed the role in a red carpet interview at The Muppets. However, he does not appear in the final film nor was he credited; his footage was either cut or limited to background photos.