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Harry Shearer

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Harry Julius Shearer  (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and director. He is known for his long-running role on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the break up of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985 after just three months into the season. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States. In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He was initially reluctant because he thought the recording sessions would be too much trouble. He felt voice acting was "not a lot of fun" because traditionally, voice actors record their parts separately. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst." Shearer also directed the 2002 film Teddy Bears' Picnic and appeared in several films, including A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Godzilla. Shearer has written three books, Man Bites Town, It's the Stupidity, Stupid, and Not Enough Indians. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. He has received several Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominations and in 2008 it was announced that Shearer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category. Description above from the Wikipedia article Harry Shearer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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Born:
Dec 23, 1943 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
64
First Appeared:
In the series General Electric Theater 1953-02-01
Latest Project:
Series Frontline 2018
Known For
Poster of The Simpsons Movie
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of Friends
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography
Series Frontline Unknown 2018
Movie The Clown Himself 2016-02-03
Movie Mascots Competition Announcer (voice) 2016-10-11
Movie The Simpsons Movie Scratchy / Mr. Burns / Rev. Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Skull / President Arnold Schwarzenegger / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Smithers / Toll Booth Man / Guard / Otto / Kang (voice) 2007-07-25
Movie Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself 2007-12-04
Movie For Your Consideration Victor Allan Miller 2006-11-22
Movie The Aristocrats Himself 2005-01-01
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie Chicken Little Dog Announcer (voice) 2005-11-04
Movie The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition Himself 2004-09-20
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Movie A Mighty Wind Mark Shubb 2003-04-16
Series Anderson Cooper 360° Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Teddy Bears' Picnic Joey Lavin 2002-03-29
Series HypaSpace 2002-05-13
Movie Haunted Castle Mr. D / Mephisto (voice) 2001-02-23
Movie Encounter in the Third Dimension Narrator (voice) 1999-03-31
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Dick G. Gordon Liddy 1999-08-04
Series Jack & Jill Unknown 1999-09-26
Movie Godzilla Charles Caiman 1998-05-20
Series Dawson's Creek Unknown 1998-01-20
Movie Almost Heroes Narrator (voice) 1998-05-29
Movie The Truman Show Mike Michaelson 1998-06-04
Movie Small Soldiers Punch-It 1998-07-10
Movie My Best Friend's Wedding Jonathan P.E. Rice 1997-06-19
Series Just Shoot Me! Unknown 1997-03-04
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series The Visitor Unknown 1997-09-19
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Series Friends Dr. Baldharar 1994-09-22
Movie Speechless Chuck 1994-12-16
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Wayne's World 2 Handsome Dan 1993-12-10
Movie Oscar Guido Finucci 1991-04-26
Movie Pure Luck Monosoff 1991-08-09
Movie Blood and Concrete Sammy Rhodes 1991-09-13
Movie The Fisher King Sitcom Actor Ben Starr 1991-09-09
Movie Hometown Boy Makes Good 1990-08-02
Series The Simpsons Mr. Burns / Mr. Smithers / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Reverend Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert / Various (voice) 1989-12-17
Movie Plain Clothes Simon Feck 1988-01-01
Movie My Stepmother is an Alien Carl Sagan (voice) 1988-12-09
Movie Flicks Narrator 1987-01-01
Series ALF Unknown 1986-09-22
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Series The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie This Is Spinal Tap Derek Smalls 1984-05-04
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie The Right Stuff NASA Recruiter 1983-10-20
Movie Loose Shoes Narrator (voice) 1980-08-01
Movie Animalympics Keen Hacksaw 1980-02-01
Movie One Trick Pony Bernie Wepner 1980-10-03
Series CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979-01-28
Series Stockard Channing: In Just Friends Unknown 1979-03-04
Movie Cracking Up 1977-07-01
Series Fernwood 2 Night 1977-07-04
Series Laverne & Shirley Unknown 1976-01-27
Series Jeopardy! Unknown 1964-03-30
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie The Egyptian Boy 1954-08-25
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Second Boy 1953-04-05