Harry Shearer

Biography

Date of Birth 23 December 1943, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Harry Julius Shearer Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m) Harry Julius Shearer is an American comedic actor and writer. Shearer, a voice actor on The Simpsons (1989 to present), provides the voices of Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Lenny Leonard, Principal Seymour Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle among others. Shearer was born in Los Angeles, California to Mack Shearer and Dora Kohn, a bookkeeper.[1] His parents were Jewish immigrants from Austria and Poland.[2][3] Shearer has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. Shearer attended UCLA and Harvard. In May 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Goucher College. He began his career as a child actor in 1950s movies (The Robe) and television (The Jack Benny Program). Shearer also played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode of the TV series Leave It to Beaver. Shearer was later a member of Los Angeles radio comedy group The Credibility Gap, 1968–1974, and a writer for such television shows as Fernwood 2-Night and Laverne and Shirley. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, an unofficial replacement for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, who were both leaving the show. According to the book Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live, Shearer did not get along well with the other writers and castmembers, who regarded him as "prickly." His first tenure on the show ended when Lorne Michaels left SNL, taking the entire cast with him. Shearer returned to Saturday Night Live in the 1984–1985 season, leaving for good in January 1985 over "creative differences." When reached for comment over the nature of his departure, Shearer replied "I was creative; they were different". Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in Rob Reiner's 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap with Michael McKean and Christopher Guest; the three of them also collaborated on the acclaimed 2003 spoof A Mighty Wind, which was written by Guest and Eugene Levy (but largely improvised by the cast members) and directed by Guest. Shearer's television work also includes two specials for Cinemax, "It's Just TV", and "This Week Indoors" (co-created with Merrill Markoe) and "The Magic of Live". He directed the entire six-episode cable series, "The History of White People in America", co-created by Martin Mull and Allen Rucker, as well as the two-hour feature finale of the series, "Portrait of a White Marriage". He also co-wrote and directed Paul Shaffer's fantasy special for HBO, "Viva Shaf Vegas" (with Shaffer and Tom Leopold). His first theatrical feature, which he wrote and directed, was "Teddy Bears' Picnic", a dark comedy loosely based on the workings of Bohemian Grove, the secret retreat of the elite. Shearer has three books published, "Man Bites Town" (a collection of his Los Angeles Times Magazine columns), "It's the Stupidity, Stupid", and "Not Enough Indians", a comic novel about Native Americans and gambling.[4] Shearer may be best known for his prolific work as a voice actor on The Simpsons (1989 to present), where he provides voices for Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Lenny Leonard, Principal Seymour Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle among others. He was one of three Simpsons voice actors to guest star on the show Friends ("The One With the Fake Monica"); the other two were Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria. He also appeared in Godzilla with Hank Azaria, which had a cameo appearance from Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. 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 show airs on public radio stations throughout the country, and is offered as a podcast. Shearer is the regular announcer for TV Land and, since May 2005, has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. Shearer has homes in both Santa Monica, California and the Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans, Louisiana. According to a telephone call on Ask Mr. KABC, his house survived Hurricane Katrina. Shearer is recording for a BBC Radio 4 sitcom with Brian Hayes called Not Today, Thank You. He plays Nostrils - a man so ugly he can't stand to be in his own presence. He resides in washed up radio presenter Brian Hughes' (played by Hayes) garage (in the house belonging to his grandmother), sometimes appearing in other rooms of the house. On October 30, 2006, he appeared on Graham Norton's Bigger Picture in the UK.

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Birth Name

Harry Julius Shearer

Birth Place

Los Ángeles, California, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

12/23/1943
Known For
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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)

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Animalympics

Keen Hacksaw / Mayor of Animal Olympic Island (voice)

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Encounter in the Third Dimension (IMAX)

Narrator (voice)

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Haunted Castle (3-D) (Large Format)

Mr. D/Mephisto (voice)

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The Return Of Spinal Tap

Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) / Mark Shubb (The Folksmen)

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Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun

Narrator (voice)

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Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There

Self

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The Simpsons: Christmas

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)

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Easy Does It

'Breezy' Bob Mckee (voice)

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The Last Laugh

Himself

Starring In
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Easy Does It

'Breezy' Bob Mckee (voice)

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Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There

Self

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Father Figures

Gene

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The Last Laugh

Himself

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Mascots

Competition Announcer (voice)

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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)

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Himself

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Fired!

Himself

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For Your Consideration

Victor Allan Miller

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The Aristocrats

Self

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Chicken Little

Dog Announcer (voice)

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Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

(archive footage)

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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Promo Announcer

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A Mighty Wind

Mark Shubb

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Haunted Castle (3-D) (Large Format)

Mr. D/Mephisto (voice)

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Haiku Tunnel

Orientation Leader

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Dick

G. Gordon Liddy

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Ghost Dog

Voice of Scratchy (voice) (archive footage)

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EDtv

Moderator

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Encounter in the Third Dimension (IMAX)

Narrator (voice)

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Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music

Derek Smalls (archive footage)

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Small Soldiers

Punch-It (voice)

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The Truman Show

Mike Michaelson

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Godzilla

Charles Caiman

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Almost Heroes

Narrator

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My Best Friend's Wedding

Jonathan P.E. Rice

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Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun

Narrator (voice)

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Speechless

Chuck

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Little Giants

Announcer Littbarski

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I'll Do Anything

Audience Research Captain

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Wayne's World 2

Handsome Dan

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A League of Their Own

Newsreel Announcer

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Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Derek Smalls

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The Simpsons: Christmas

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)

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The Return Of Spinal Tap

Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) / Mark Shubb (The Folksmen)

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Metallica - A Year and A Half Part 1 & 2

Derek Smalls

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The Fisher King

Sitcom actor Ben Starr

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Pure Luck

Monosoff

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Oscar

Guido Finucci

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My Stepmother Is an Alien

Voice of Carl Sagan (voice)

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Plain Clothes

Simon Feck

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This Is Spinal Tap

Derek Smalls

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The Right Stuff

Recruiter

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Animalympics

Keen Hacksaw / Mayor of Animal Olympic Island (voice)

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The Concorde ... Airport '79

Jeffrey Marx (voice) (uncredited)

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Real Life

Pete - Cameraman / Radio Announcer

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Prime Time

Trucker's Friend

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Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Third Season

Announcer / ... (6 episodes, 1976-1982)

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"Saturday Night Live"

Various / ... (31 episodes, 1979-1985)

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The Robe

David (uncredited)

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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

Boy (uncredited)

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