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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 December 1943Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameHarry Julius Shearer
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Harry Shearer was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. His film debut was with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), followed by The Robe (1953). Probably best known for his Saturday Night Live (1975) gigs, his NPR satire program "Le Show" and The Simpsons (1989), where he plays 21 characters. His best film may be This Is Spinal Tap (1984), where he played bass player Derek Smalls. There was also an episode on The Simpsons (1989) where he reprised this role. His film work includes Godzilla (1998), in which "Simpsons" cast members Hank Azaria and Nancy Cartwright also appeared. Shearer has also directed a film, Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002), in which he also stars.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous, amended by runar-4

Spouse (2)

Judith Owen (28 March 1993 - present)
Penelope J. Nichols (12 June 1974 - 1977) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

His middle name is Julius, which is also the first name of Dr Hibbert, a character for which he does the voice on The Simpsons (1989).
Appeared in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) before being cast on The Simpsons (1989). In the episode "The Otto Show," Bart and Milhouse go to a Spinal Tap concert. Shearer, as well as Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, all reprised their roles. This marked the only time on the show that a cast member reprised a film role for the series and makes Shearer the only regular cast member to have done so.
Is the voice of the announcer for between-show trivia tidbits and network commercials on TV Land.
At 21 characters, he has the widest range of roles on The Simpsons (1989), including the maniacal Mr. Burns, local celebrity news anchor Kent Brockman and the Springfield God Squad Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders.
One of three voice artists on The Simpsons (1989) to guest star on the show Friends (1994). The other two are Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria.
Although he was the second actor (after Chris Latta)to voice Mr. Burns on The Simpsons (1989), he was the first to utter the line "Smithers . . . release the hounds.".
The last primary member of the cast of The Simpsons (1989) to win an Emmy Award for his work on the show after finally taking the award home in 2014.
He's the only one of the six principal voice actors on The Simpsons (1989) not to have done a DVD commentary for the series.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 171, pages 373-377. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
Performed the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode of the television series Leave It to Beaver (1957). After the filming, Shearer's parents said they did not want him to be a regular in a series. Instead they wanted him to just do occasional work so that he could get a normal childhood. Shearer and his parents made the decision not to accept the role in the series if it was picked up by a television network.
He named his five favorite film as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), To Be or Not to Be (1942), Singin' in the Rain (1952), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and any Laurel and Hardy film.

Personal Quotes (7)

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
[on which character in The Simpsons (1989) is hardest to voice] Burns requires lots of tea and honey.
[asked how many characters on The Simpsons (1989) he voices] I think I do about 12 regular characters but I've been able to pad the resume with God, The Devil and Hitler.
[criticizing the decline in quality of The Simpsons (1989)] I rate the last three seasons as among the worst, so Season 4 looks very good to me now.
I write about broadcast indecency with something of a pedigree. Although it's not widely known - since the comedy group I was part of was not widely known - I was party to the first broadcast utterance of the word 'twat.'
I have to say about [The Simpsons]: Something that I've learned from my six years of psychoanalysis, which is one mark of adulthood is that you can hold two conflicting emotions about the same thing at the same time, two things can be true at the same time. So it is true that, as an actor on an insanely successful TV series, I am, by any standard of the human species, obscenely overpaid. It is also true that, as an actor on one of the most insanely successful television series of all time, I am getting royally screwed. Both things are true! [...] It's nobody's fault, it's what happens when you think you know what you want and you are determined to get it.
[on Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson] There are two towering figures in British music by the name of Thompson. Neither of them twins (The Thompson Twins).

Salary (5)

The Simpsons (1989) $250,000 -$360,000 per episode (2004-2008)
The Simpsons (1989) $400,000 -$440,000 per episode (2008-2011)
The Simpsons (1989) $30,000 per episode (1989-1998)
The Simpsons (1989) $125,000 per episode (1998-2004)
The Simpsons (1989) $300,000 per episode (2011-)

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