Harry Shearer

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Harry Julius Shearer  (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and director. He is known for his long-running role on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the break up of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985 after just three months into the season. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States. In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He was initially reluctant because he thought the recording sessions would be too much trouble. He felt voice acting was "not a lot of fun" because traditionally, voice actors record their parts separately. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst." Shearer also directed the 2002 film Teddy Bears' Picnic and appeared in several films, including A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Godzilla. Shearer has written three books, Man Bites Town, It's the Stupidity, Stupid, and Not Enough Indians. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. He has received several Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominations and in 2008 it was announced that Shearer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Harry Julius Shearer  (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and director. He is known for his long-running role on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the break up of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985 after just three months into the season. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States. In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He was initially reluctant because he thought the recording sessions would be too much trouble. He felt voice acting was "not a lot of fun" because traditionally, voice actors record their parts separately. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst." Shearer also directed the 2002 film Teddy Bears' Picnic and appeared in several films, including A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Godzilla. Shearer has written three books, Man Bites Town, It's the Stupidity, Stupid, and Not Enough Indians. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. He has received several Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominations and in 2008 it was announced that Shearer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category.

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Birthday 1943-12-23

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Mascots
2016 The Clown as Himself
2007 The Simpsons Movie as Scratchy / Mr. Burns / Rev. Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Skull / President Arnold Schwarzenegger / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Smithers / Toll Booth Man / Guard / Otto / Kang (voice)
2006 For Your Consideration as Victor Allan Miller
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2005 Chicken Little as Dog Announcer (voice)
2005 The Aristocrats as Himself
2004 The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition as Himself
2003 Anderson Cooper 360°(1 episode)
2003 A Mighty Wind as Mark Shubb
2003 Real Time with Bill Maher(1 episode)
2002 HypaSpace(1 episode)
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic as Joey Lavin
2001 Haunted Castle as Mr. D / Mephisto (voice)
1999 The Early Show(1 episode)
1999 Jack & Jill(1 episode)
1999 Dick as G. Gordon Liddy
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1998 Small Soldiers as Punch-It
1998 The Truman Show as Mike Michaelson
1998 Almost Heroes as Narrator (voice)
1998 Godzilla as Charles Caiman
1998 Spinal Tap: The Final Tour as Derek Smalls
1998 Dawson's Creek(2 episodes) as Principal Peskin
1997 The Visitor(1 episode)
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding as Jonathan P.E. Rice
1997 Just Shoot Me!(1 episode)
1994 Speechless as Chuck
1994 Friends(1 episode) as Dr. Baldharar
1994 ER(1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope(1 episode)
1993 Wayne's World 2 as Handsome Dan
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(3 episodes)
1991 Blood and Concrete as Sammy Rhodes
1991 The Fisher King as Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
1991 Pure Luck as Monosoff
1991 Oscar as Guido Finucci
1990 Hometown Boy Makes Good
1990 Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous as himself
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Lenny Leonard
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Waylon Smithers
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Mr. Burns
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Reverend Lovejoy
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Dr. Hibbert
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Ned Flanders
1989 The Simpsons(591 episodes) as Kent Brockman
1989 The Simpsons(613 episodes) as Mr. Burns / Smithers / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Ned Flanders / Seymour Skinner / Otto / Kent Brockman / Dr. Hibbert / Lenny / Rev. Lovejoy / Various
1988 My Stepmother is an Alien as Carl Sagan (voice)
1988 Plain Clothes as Simon Feck
1987 Down and Out with Donald Duck as Additional Voices (voice)
1987 Flicks as Narrator
1986 ALF(1 episode)
1986 L.A. Law(1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls(1 episode)
1984 Miami Vice(1 episode)
1984 This Is Spinal Tap as Derek Smalls
1983 The Right Stuff as NASA Recruiter
1980 One Trick Pony as Bernie Wepner
1980 Loose Shoes as Narrator (voice)
1980 Animalympics as Keen Hacksaw
1979 Stockard Channing: In Just Friends(1 episode)
1979 CBS News Sunday Morning(1 episode)
1977 American Raspberry as Trucker's Friend
1977 Fernwood 2 Night(65 episodes)
1977 Cracking Up
1976 Laverne & Shirley(5 episodes)
1964 Jeopardy!(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars as Second Boy
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1900 Frontline(1 episode)

Writing

2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic … Writer
1998 Spinal Tap: The Final Tour … Writer
1984 This Is Spinal Tap … Writer
1979 Real Life … Writer
1978 America 2-Night(62 episodes) … Writer
1976 Laverne & Shirley(1 episode) … Writer
1975 Saturday Night Live(944 episodes) … Writer

Directing

2010 The Big Uneasy … Director
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic … Director
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage … Director
1985 The History of White People in America … Director

Sound

1984 This Is Spinal Tap … Original Music Composer

Creator

2012 Playhouse Presents … Creator

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