Hank Azaria

Biography

Henry Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian and voice artist. Early Life Azaria was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City to Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jewish parents from Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from The Kew Forest School in Forest Hills, New York and studied drama at Tufts University. Career Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on the animated television show The Simpsons. He has provided the voices for over 160 characters on the show including those of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Police Chief Clancy Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, Duffman, Professor Frink, Dr. Nick Riviera, Lou and Snake. Azaria says he based Moe Szyslak's voice on Al Pacino, who has the same birthday as Azaria. Officer Lou sounds like Sylvester Stallone, Chief Wiggum is based on Edward G. Robinson, Apu is based on Peter Sellers' character Hrundi V Bakshi in The Party, and Dr. Nick Riviera is "a bad Ricky Ricardo impression". The voice of Snake Jailbird is based on an old roommate from college who would speak in the same style as the character (integrating "woah" and "like" into every sentence) when describing his drug experiences. Hank based one of his geekier characters, Comic Book Guy, on another college roommate who was called F and spoke a manner similar to Comic Book Guy. He also provided the voice of Eddie Brock/Venom in the Spider-Man animated series of the mid-1990s. He has also appeared in movies such as Godzilla, The Birdcage, Mystery Men, America's Sweethearts and Heat and on television starring as psychiatrist Craig "Huff" Huffstodt in Huff, which was broadcast on Showtime in the US and FX in the UK. Earlier in his career, he appeared in Herman's Head as Jay Nichols, in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where he appeared in a season one episode as cop Jerry and on Friends where he played the recurring character David, one of Phoebe's boyfriends. He also had a recurring role on Mad About You as Nat, the dogwalker. In 2002, he was given his own sitcom, Imagine That. It was cancelled after only two episodes had aired. Azaria has also shown his talents on stage. In 2003 he appeared in London's West End as Bernard in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing in Friends) and Minnie Driver also starred. Other movies he has played minor characters in include Along Came Polly and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. He also appeared as Sir Lancelot, the French Taunter, and other characters in the musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail entitled Spamalot which opened in Chicago in December 2004 and has since moved to Broadway. He took a break from the show in June of 2005 to work on Huff and The Simpsons (his role was filled by Alan Tudyk), and returned in December 2005. In 2005, he was nominated for the Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his work in Spamalot. In a news interview, Azaria admitted that, during his performances of Spamalot, he has a hard time holding in laughter on stage throughout the show. His secret is to carry keys in his costume and painfully jab himself (unnoticeable to the audience) to stop from breaking character mid-performance. "It really hurts..." he jokes in the interview. Personal Life After several years of living together, Azaria married actress Helen Hunt on July 18, 1999. The couple divorced on December 18, 2000. Current rumors indicate that he is dating Rock Star: INXS contestant Suzie McNeil. Azaria has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. Awards Hank Azaria has been nominated for numerous awards during his career including Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Birth Name

Henry Albert Azaria

Birth Place

Queens, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

4/25/1964
Known For
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The Simpsons Movie

Professor Frink / Comic Book Guy / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Carl / Cletus / Bumblebee Man / Male EPA Worker / Dome Depot Announcer / Kissing Cop / Carnival Barker / Counter Man / Apu / Drederick Tatum / Sea Captain / EPA Passenger / Robot / Dr.

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Godzilla

Victor 'Animal' Palotti

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Mystery Men

Blue Raja

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America's Sweethearts

Hector

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Mystery, Alaska

Charles Danner

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Eulogy

Daniel Collins

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Bartok the Magnificent

Bartok (voice)

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The Aristocrats

Self

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Uprising

Mordechai Anielewicz

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The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol

Gargamel (voice)

Starring In
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Maggie Simpson in Rogue Not Quite One

Chief Wiggum (voice)

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Out of the Blue

Jock

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The Simpsons in Plusaversary

Moe Szyslak / Captain McCallister / Goofy / Buzz Lightyear (voice)

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The Wizard of Lies

Frank Dipascali

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The Problem with Apu

Self (archive footage)

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Norman

Srul Katz

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Lovelace

Gerry Damiano

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The Smurfs 2

Gargamel

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The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow

Gargamel

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The Smurfs

Gargamel

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Happy Feet Two

The Mighty Sven (voice)

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Hop

Carlos / Phil (voice)

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The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol

Gargamel (voice)

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Love & Other Drugs

Dr. Stan Knight

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Year One

Abraham

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Kahmunrah / The Thinker / Abe Lincoln

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Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita)

Jóska (voice)

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Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

Self - Voice Artist

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Run Fat Boy Run

Whit

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The Simpsons Movie

Professor Frink / Comic Book Guy / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Carl / Cletus / Bumblebee Man / Male EPA Worker / Dome Depot Announcer / Kissing Cop / Carnival Barker / Counter Man / Apu / Drederick Tatum / Sea Captain / EPA Passenger / Robot / Dr.

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Chicago 10

Himself (voice)

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The Grand

Mikey

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The Aristocrats

Self

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Eulogy

Daniel Collins

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Young Patches O'Houlihan

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Along Came Polly

Claude

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Eulogy

Daniel Collins

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Shattered Glass

Michael Kelly

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Bark

Sam

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Uprising

Mordechai Anielewicz

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America's Sweethearts

Hector

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Fail Safe

Prof. Groeteschele

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Bartok the Magnificent

Bartok (voice)

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Mystery, Alaska

Charles Danner

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Mystery Men

Blue Raja

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Cradle Will Rock

Marc Blitzstein

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom

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Celebrity

David

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Godzilla

Victor 'Animal' Palotti

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Great Expectations

Walter Plane

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Homegrown

Carter

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Anastasia

Bartok the Bat (voice)

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Grosse Pointe Blank

Steven Lardner

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The Birdcage

Agador

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Heat

Alan Marciano

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Now and Then

Bud Kent

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Quiz Show

Albert Freedman

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The Simpsons: Christmas

Professor Frink / Comic Book Guy / Moe / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Carl / Cletus / Bumblebee Man / Male EPA Worker / Dome Depot Announcer / Kissing Cop / Carnival Barker / Counter Man / Apu / Drederick Tatum / Sea Captain / EPA Passenger / Robot / Dr. Nick (vo

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Pretty Woman

Detective

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Cool Blue

Buzz

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