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On The Simpsons, Springfield is populated by a colorful cast of characters, many voiced by Hank Azaria. , In an April 24, 2018 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Azaria discussed his reaction to The Problem with Apu, a 2017 documentary by Hari Kondabolu that examined Azaria and other white actors who had played South Asian roles as stereotypes. From his crippling divorce to his demo tape “Can I Borrow a Feeling?” to the fact that he sleeps in a bed that looks like a racing car, Milhouse’s dad Kirk Van Houten is one of the biggest losers in Springfield. Hank Azaria Henry Albert Azaria, popularly known as Hank Azaria, is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, and producer.  Azaria later commented on the show: "I wanted to do something really truthful and interesting and impactful. ", In early 2020 Azaria announced that he was stepping away from the Apu character, primarily because of the stereotypes and bias it perpetuated.  Although the film received mixed reviews, critics praised Azaria's performance. I had to do so many voices. I hit a point when I was tapped out. , He appeared in numerous other films in the late 1990s, including Heat (1995), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Celebrity (1998) and worked opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, as Walter Plane, in the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations. The Simpsons star is one of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men With Pets.  Officer Lou is based on Sylvester Stallone, and Dr. Nick is "a bad Ricky Ricardo impression. " These were two of the first dramatic roles Azaria had taken; throughout his career Azaria has primarily worked in comedy, but tries to balance the two.  Three years later, with Fox threatening to cancel the series unless production costs were cut, Azaria and the other cast members accepted a 30 percent pay cut, down to just over $300,000 per episode. His grandiose, yet slightly fey bad guy is equally funny when he's chewing out minions as he is when deliberating if Oscar the Grouch and Darth Vader are evil enough to join his team. "I know [Avnet] liked the fact I was Jewish, and he knew I could do accents well. Three weeks into production, he realized he sounded exactly like his grandmother, which aided his performance. Professor Frink is the local mad scientist in Springfield.  He made his television debut with a role in the pilot episode of the 1986 ABC comedy-drama series Joe Bash. Ryan Lattanzio Azaria is known for his voice characterizations as a variety of characters in the animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’.  The strike was resolved a month later, with Azaria's pay increasing to something between $250,000 and $360,000 per episode. Whenever Principal Skinner screws up (which is a lot, because one of his students is Bart Simpson), Superintendent Chalmers isn’t too far away. Having known him from Hollywood Dog, casting director Bonita Pietila called Azaria and asked him to audition for the voice of Moe.  Chief Wiggum's voice was originally a parody of David Brinkley, but when Azaria was told it was too slow, he switched it to that of Edward G.  He felt that, initially, "[the producers] didn't seem too pleased with what I had done...[Simon] was very exacting...[and] was kind of impatiently directing me on the ABCs of comedy.  Azaria co-founded the educational support charity, "Determined to Succeed". It was one you definitely chalk up and say, 'That was part of paying your dues, better luck next time'.  Azaria commented: "all the roles I got were in comedy at first, and I was certainly happy to get those, so I never felt the lack of being considered a dramatic actor because I was so happy to get what I got. The character is so great that, to make fans laugh hysterically, all he has to do is yell Skinner’s name. " The same year he appeared as author and journalist Mitch Albom alongside Jack Lemmon in the television film Tuesdays with Morrie, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the role. AKA Hank Albert Azaria. The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has quit as the voice of Apu after recent accusations that the character is racist. In 2003, he appeared as Bernard in a run of David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, along with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver, in London's West End.  He also worked as a busboy. Versatile actor Hank Azaria performs voices on The Simpsons for an array of characters including “Moe Szyslak” “Chief Wiggum,” and “Comic Book Guy,” among others. He was a main cast member on the show Herman's Head (1991–1994) playing Jay Nichols, alongside The Simpsons co-star Yeardley Smith.  Although he did not expect the endeavor to be successful, he decided to become a professional actor so that he would not regret not having tried later in life. Azaria's mother use to be a publicist for Columbia Pictures, promoting films in Latin American countries. " The first voice he performed on The Simpsons was that of town bartender Moe Szyslak, replacing Christopher Collins who had initially recorded the character's voice.  In November 2012, Azaria sued actor Craig Bierko over the ownership of the Brockmire voice. Hank Azaria is stepping away from his role voicing the character of Apu in The Simpsons. He also won a gold medal for boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He made his television debut with a role in the pilot episode of the 1986 ABC comedy-drama series Joe Bash.  They previously lived in a four-bedroom house in Pacific Palisades, which Azaria bought from his Simpsons co-star Dan Castellaneta in 2011.  His first acting job was an advertisement for Italian television when he was 17 years old. Before he had even seen a script, he recorded several lines of dialogue as Moe for the episode "Some Enchanted Evening", dubbing Collins' voice. , American actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer, "[Azaria's] appeal can best be summed up by, of all things, his hilarious cameo in the goofy comedy, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain, Anastasia: Adventures with Pooka and Bartok, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, "Back Together on 'Huff,' 2 Friends Enjoy the Moment", "Behind the Scenes: Cast Bios — Hank Azaria", The Simpsons Beyond Forever!  In addition to Moe, Wiggum and Apu, Azaria provides the voices of Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson (until season 32, now voiced by Alex Désert), Cletus Spuckler, Professor Frink, Dr. Nick Riviera, Lou, Snake Jailbird, Kirk Van Houten, the Sea Captain, Superintendent Chalmers, Disco Stu, Duffman, the Wiseguy and numerous one-time characters. The divorce was finalized on December 18, 2000.  He studied drama at Tufts University from 1981 to 1985, where he met and befriended actor Oliver Platt and noted that Platt was a "better actor" than he was and inspired him. ", As Moe's voice is based on Al Pacino's, likewise many of Azaria's other recurring characters are based on existing sources.  In 1996, Azaria played gay Guatemalan housekeeper Agador Spartacus in the film The Birdcage. Hank Azaria based Comic Book Guy’s voice on a guy who lived in the dorm next to his at college.  After a year of marriage, Azaria moved out of the couple's home, and Hunt filed for divorce after a six-month separation, citing irreconcilable differences. , On May 22, 2016, he was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) from Tufts University. Known for voicing Moe Szyslak, Venom, and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Although Milhouse brags that his dad is “a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory,” The Simpsons’ writers have made it clear that his life is far from enviable.  Azaria noted in an interview with The A.V. Previously, he wrote for Taste of Cinema and BabbleTop. Carl Carlson, Homer Simpson’s nuclear plant co-worker and Lenny Leonard’s best friend, will not be voiced by Hank Azaria, at least in the season premiere episode. He played the smooth-talking Whit in David Schwimmer's directorial debut Run Fatboy Run (2007). Even if it was only two or three lines, at some point I've done something similar on The Simpsons, at least somewhere along the line. Azaria attended The Kew-…  In 2009, Azaria told Empire he was instead focusing on making a documentary about fatherhood. " Azaria reprised his role in the 2013 sequel The Smurfs 2.  Azaria's father ran several dress-manufacturing businesses while his mother raised him and his two older sisters, Stephanie and Elise. The character is a spot-on lampoon of every "comic book guy" in America. , Azaria wrote and directed the 2004 short film Nobody's Perfect, which won the Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Short at the US Comedy Arts Festival.  Azaria based his performance for the one-time character Frank Grimes, from the episode "Homer's Enemy", on actor William H. Macy. In addition to writing for Screen Rant and Comic Book Resources, covering everything from Scorsese to Spider-Man, Ben directs independent films and does standup comedy. ", The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has stated that Azaria possesses the ability to turn unfunny lines into some of the best in an episode, while former writer Jay Kogen stated: "Just when I think I know [Azaria's] bag of tricks, he's always got a new thing he does to surprise me. On 25-4-1964 Hank Azaria was born in Queens, New York. He took Apu's voice from the many Indian and Pakistani convenience store workers in Los Angeles that he had interacted with when he first moved to the area, and also loosely based it on Peter Sellers' character Hrundi V. Bakshi from the film The Party.  However, in 2012 he voiced several insects in a commercial for the Chevrolet Sonic. The actor is married to Katie Wright, his starsign is Taurus and he is now 56 years of age.  In 2016, he starred in the world premiere of Dry Powder opposite Claire Danes, John Krasinski, and Sanjit De Silva, directed by Thomas Kail, at the off-Broadway Public Theater in New York City.  He also voices the lead character, Texan border agent Bud Buckwald, in Bordertown, which started in 2016. He played Josh Miller, a comedy writer, who "transformed" each episode into a character Miller has imagined, "provid[ing] a humorous outlet for his frustrations at home and work". The 55-year-old actor told Slashfilms the news on Friday, though he will continue to voice others. Azaria initially did a David Brinkley impression for Wiggum's voice, but it was deemed too slow and he switched to an Edward G. Robinson impression that’s since become iconic. I appreciate what you said & how you said it. We had a bunch of executives sitting in the room, all agreeing that The Larry Sanders Show was our favorite thing on television, but we couldn't do it on NBC, and nor would we want to from a business standpoint; it simply wouldn't make enough money. He never explained it satisfactorily to me; I don't understand why. He played Jim Brockmire, a legendary baseball announcer, fired for a profanity-filled breakdown live on air after discovering his wife was having an affair.  Since he joined later than the rest of the cast, Groening still considered Azaria the "new guy".  Both of his parents loved all forms of show business, which further spurred him to become an actor.  His relationship with actress Helen Hunt began in 1994; they married in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the couple's home in Southern California on July 17, 1999.  Azaria disliked the cartoon when it first aired, and considered Gargamel too one-dimensional a character and "just this straight villain"; he opted to make Gargamel "more sarcastic" than in the cartoon, but "discovered that there's no way to play Gargamel without screaming your head off at certain points – ramping him up and getting him very upset over Smurfs". , Azaria's friends refer to him as "the freakish mimic" due to his ability to copy almost anyone's voice, instantly after he has heard it. " Azaria was glad to have found the "ultimate outlet" for this skill, in The Simpsons. Though Azaria has had numerous live-action appearances on-screen, he's best known for his voice work. " Playwright Jenelle Riley wrote in 2005 that Azaria was "by far" her favorite actor, praising his "versatility" and "tendency to take small roles that would normally fade into the background and to consistently create characters people care about," noting his roles in Shattered Glass, Mystery, Alaska and especially DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.  Azaria made his first appearance as Sir Lancelot, the French Taunter, and four other characters in Spamalot, the musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which opened in Chicago in December 2004, before moving to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway.  He worked with Stiller again on 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian in which Azaria played the villainous pharaoh Kah Mun Rah, utilizing a Boris Karloff accent.  Originally, it was thought that Apu being Indian was too offensive and stereotyped, but after Azaria's reading of the line "Hello, Mr. Homer", which the show's producers thought was hilarious, the character stayed. , Azaria starred in and co-wrote the third episode of the Funny or Die web-series Gamechangers, entitled "A Legend in the Booth." Chalmers doesn’t just have his own iconic moments; he was involved in one of Ralph Wiggum’s most iconic moments when he called him “Super Nintendo Chalmers.”, While Dr. Hibbert is the most reliable physician in Springfield, Dr. Nick Riviera is the least reliable. He reprised the role in the show's seventh season (2001), before making several appearances in the ninth (2003). After advice from a drag queen, he chose the effeminate voice. After pointing out that "Jell-O Man" was a fictional character, he left and pledged to never record for an advertisement again.  Between acting jobs he performed as a stand-up comedian, and worked as a bartender for a catering firm. He’ll often proclaim, “Worst. (Picture: Getty/ FOX) Actor Hank Azaria, who voices the … Both actors had been using a baseball announcer voice before and since meeting at a party in 1990, but US district judge Gary Allen Feess ruled that only Azaria's voice was, as Brockmire, a defined, "tangible" character and thus subject to copyright. " He voiced Venom/Eddie Brock in Spider-Man: The Animated Series between 1994 and 1996. He was also nominated for the award in 2009 and 2010, but lost to co-star Dan Castellaneta and guest star Anne Hathaway respectively.  Azaria voices Shelfish Sheldon in Mack & Moxy. , Azaria played composer Marc Blitzstein in Tim Robbins' film Cradle Will Rock in 1999. " He took a break from the show in June 2005, with Alan Tudyk filling in for him, to work on Huff, but returned in December 2005. Gender: Male Religion: Jewish Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Acto. I realized Hank was going to be our breakaway star. After 30 years as a controversial Indian-American character on "The Simpsons," Hank Azaria has announced he will no longer voice the thickly accented Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Episode. During his childhood, Azaria often "memorized the scripts of the films, shows and stand-up comedy routines that he enjoyed. While Hank Azaria, who voices the South Asian character, has been amenable to discussions around recasting Apu, the creators of the show have been less so. , Azaria played Gargamel in the computer-animated/live-action adaptation of The Smurfs (2011).  In January 2007, he was confirmed to be directing Outsourced, a film about two American workers who journey to get their jobs back, after their factory is moved to Mexico. , Azaria is the godfather of Oliver Platt's son, George.  Two years later he told the Los Angeles Times that this project was "half-complete" and was "forever looking for financing to finish it.  He is also a regular poker player, appearing twice on Celebrity Poker Showdown and competing at other events, finishing a few places short of the bubble in the main event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. Possibly the most memorable single-episode character in The Simpsons’ history, Frank Grimes was introduced in the opening scenes of “Homer’s Enemy” as the unluckiest man in America. RELATED: The Simpsons: The 10 Best Characters Voiced By Harry Shearer, Ranked. This return culminates in David proposing to Phoebe; she rejects him, and David leaves the show for good. Henry Albert Azaria (/əˈzɛəriə/ ə-ZAIR-ee-ə; born April 25, 1964) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and producer. Hank Azaria will no longer voice Apu on 'The Simpsons' Back to video. It’s also ironic, because Robinson was famous for playing gangsters. , With the continuing success of The Simpsons, Azaria began taking on other, principally live-action, roles. '" His next dramatic part was in the television film Uprising in 2001. Hank Azaria Sells $8 M. 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