The Fox network's most successful series to date was a spin-off from "The Tracey Ullman Show" in which originally appeared as one minute shorts. The executive producers of that series, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon decided that these characters could support a half an hour series.
It is now reported as the longest animated series in prime-time network television.
Harry Shearer was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. His film debut was with 'Bud Abbott' (qv) ...
Waylon J. Smithers, Jr. (better known as "Mr. Smithers" or simply as "Smithers") is Mr. Burns' gay, consummate, and personal assistant, executive, and self-proclaimed best friend.
Mr. Smithers made his first appearance in "Homer's Odyssey."
In many ways, Mr. Smithers represents the stereotype of the closeted gay man, and numerous overt allusions and double entendres to his homosexuality are made, though some of the show's producers instead refer to him as a "Burns-sexual". He is voiced by Harry Shearer.
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