Apr. 25th, 1964
Queens, New York, USA
5' 11 1/2
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Hank Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is an American film, television and stage actor, director, and comedian. He is noted for being one of the principal voice actors on the animated television series The Simpsons.
- Was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
- Based the voice of Lou the Cop (in _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv)) on actor 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv).
- He and his ex-wife 'Helen Hunt (I)' (qv) have both guest-starred on the TV show _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv), though not in the same episode. 'Paget Brewster' (qv), who plays his wife on _"Huff" (2004)_ (qv), also had a recurring role on _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv).
- Both sets of his grandparents came from Salonika in northern Greece.
- Attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, from 1981-1985, but did not receive his B.A. until he completed two courses in L.A. in 1987. Tufts awarded him its Light on the Hill Award in 1999.
- Was a camper at the real life Camp Towanda, where the movie _Wet Hot American Summer (2001)_ (qv) was filmed.
- A favorite of playwright 'Jenelle Riley' (qv); characters in her shows are frequently hybrids of his name with his _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) characters (e.g. Hank Wiggum). The lead character in her award-winning film _The Perfect Candidate (2004)_ (qv) is named Frank Grimes, after "Homer's Enemy".
- Based the voice of Apu (in _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv)) on the "standard" 7-11 employee and on 'Peter Sellers' (qv)' character Hrundi V. Bakshi in _The Party (1968)_ (qv).