Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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Dec. 23rd, 1943
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 6 1/2"

Harry Shearer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Simpsons TV Show
The Simpsons
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK) TV Show
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK)
Rockline on MTV TV Show
Rockline on MTV
Sunday Best (1991) TV Show
Sunday Best (1991)
The Cutting Edge TV Show
The Cutting Edge

Main Movie Roles

2007 - Fired!
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - The Simpsons Movie
2006 - For Your Consideration
2005 - Chicken Little
2005 - The Aristocrats
2003 - A Mighty Wind
1999 - Dick
1999 - EDtv
1999 - Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
1998 - Godzilla
1998 - Small Soldiers
1998 - Almost Heroes
1998 - The Truman Show
1997 - My Best Friend's Wedding
1994 - Little Giants
1994 - Speechless
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - A League of Their Own
1991 - The Fisher King
1991 - Pure Luck
1991 - Oscar
1988 - My Stepmother is an Alien
1984 - This Is Spinal Tap
1983 - The Right Stuff
1980 - Animalympics
1980 - One Trick Pony
1980 - Loose Shoes
1979 - Real Life
1953 - The Robe
1953 - Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Mark Shubb
Max Shotz (Voiced)
Dr. Madison
Harry Shearer
Principal Peskin
Chuckie Willis
Ned Flat (Voiced)
Ted Layton
Louis Faraday
[Complete List]


Harry Shearer was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. His film debut was with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (I) in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), followed by The Robe (1953). Probably best known for his "Saturday Night Live" (1975) gigs, his NPR satire program "Le Show" and "The Simpsons" (1989), where he plays 21 characters. His best film may be This Is Spinal Tap (1984), where he played bass player Derek Smalls. There was also an episode on "The Simpsons" (1989) where he reprised this role. His film work includes Godzilla (1998), in which "Simpsons" cast members Hank Azaria and Nancy Cartwright (I) also appeared. Shearer has also directed a film, Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002), in which he also stars.

  • Is the voice of the announcer for between-show trivia tidbits and network commercials on TV Land.
  • Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 171, pages 373-377. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
  • His middle name is Julius, which is also the first name of Dr Hibbert, a character for which he does the voice on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv).
  • Although he was the second actor to voice Mr. Burns on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv), he was the first to utter the line "Smithers . . . release the hounds.".
  • He's the only one of the six principal voice actors on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) not to have done a DVD commentary for the series.
  • Appeared in _This Is Spinal Tap (1984)_ (qv) before being cast on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv). In the episode "The Otto Show," Bart and Milhouse go to a Spinal Tap concert. Shearer, as well as 'Michael McKean (I)' (qv) and 'Christopher Guest (I)' (qv), all reprised their roles. This marked the only time on the show that a cast member reprised a film role for the series and makes Shearer the only regular cast member to have done so.
  • The only primary member of the cast of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) not to have won an Emmy Award for his work on the show.
  • One of three voice artists on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) to guest star on the show _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv). The other two are 'Dan Castellaneta' (qv) and 'Hank Azaria' (qv).

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