Apr. 25th, 1964
Queens, New York, USA
5' 11 1/2
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Comic Book Guy (Voiced)
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- He based his character in _The Birdcage (1996)_ (qv) (a flamboyantly, almost over-exaggeratedly feminine homosexual house servant) on his grandmother, in particular his character's speech.
- Based the voice of Chief Wiggum (in _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv)) on actor 'Edward G. Robinson (I)' (qv).
- Engaged to 'Helen Hunt (I)' (qv) in 1997.
- Was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
- Spent over $300,000 of his own money to make his short film _Nobody's Perfect (2004)_ (qv).