Hank Azaria

Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Despite his initial intentions of becoming a stage performer, actor Hank Azaria turned his childhood talent for mimicry into a highly successful career, voicing many characters on the long-running animated comedy, "The ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1964 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1990 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Herman's Head 1991 - 1994, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1991 - 2000, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 2000, 2002 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1990 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

I Know That Voice 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Low and Outside: The Jim Brockmire Story 2014 (Movie)

Jim Brockmire (Actor)

Ray Donovan 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

Jerry Damiano (Actor)

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Gargamel (Actor)

Free Agents 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

The Mighty Sven (Voice)

Hop 2011 (Movie)

Carlos/Phil (Voice)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Cleveland Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Gargamel (Actor)

Yellow 2011 (Movie)

Bobby Safai (Actor)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Stan Knight (Actor)

Top Chef: Masters 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Voice of The Thinker and Abe Lincoln (Actor)

Year One 2009 (Movie)

Abraham (Actor)

Chicago 10 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Abbie Hoffman/Allen Ginsberg (Actor)

Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Joska (Actor)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

Whit (Actor)

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

Mike 'The Bike' Heslov (Actor)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Moe/Apu/Sea Captain/Professor Frink/Comic Book Guy/Chief Wiggum/Lou/Carl/Cletus/Bumblebee Man/ (Voice)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Male EPA Worker/Dome Depot Announcer/Kissing Cop/Carnival Barker/Counter Man/ (Actor)

Huff 2004 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Young Patches O'Houlihan (Actor)

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Daniel Collins (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1994, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

Michael Kelly (Actor)

2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Imagine That 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Bark 2001 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Futurama 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bartok the Magnificent 1999 (Movie)

Bartok (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Marc Blitzstein (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

The Blue Raja (Actor)

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

Charles Danner (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

Victor "Animal" Palotti (Actor)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Walter Plane (Actor)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stressed Eric 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

of Bartok (Voice)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Lardner (Actor)

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

If Not For You 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight: The Birdcage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

Agador (Actor)

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Marciano (Actor)

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Bud Kent (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Albert Freedman (Actor)

Cool Blue 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Dog 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

The Rock 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank Nitti: The Enforcer 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bordertown (TV Show)

Voice

Tuesdays With Morrie (TV Show)

Actor

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

("The Mighty Sven") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)
Director (1)

Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Despite his initial intentions of becoming a stage performer, actor Hank Azaria turned his childhood talent for mimicry into a highly successful career, voicing many characters on the long-running animated comedy, "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Thanks to his varied oddball interpretations of Moe the Bartender, Apu the Kwik-E-Mart owner, and Police Chief Wiggum, Azaria was able to transfer his success with animation into the live-action world. Following his breakthrough performance as a smarmy 1950s television producer in "Quiz Show" (1994), he stole the show from the likes of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a flamboyant houseboy in "The Bird Cage" (1996). Though he tried - and failed - to enter into blockbuster territory with "Godzilla" (1998), Azaria fared well with moving and award-nominated performances in "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC, 1999) and "Uprising" (NBC, 2001). Though he finally fulfilled his lifetime ambition with a triumphant performance as an effeminate Sir Lancelot in the Broadway smash "Spamalot" (2004-05), Azaria never strayed far from his steady and lucrative tenure on "The Simpsons," which culminated in a 2007 feature and solidified his standing as one of the most talented voice-over artists working in the business.

Relationships

Albert Azaria

Father

Hal Azaria

Son
Born June 6, 2009 Mother, Katie Wright

Elise Azaria

Sister

Stephanie Azaria

Sister

Esther Azaria

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother Was the inspiration for his role as the Guatemalan houseboy in "The Birdcage" (1996)

Helen Hunt Actor

Wife
Began dating 1994 Married July 17, 1999 in a traditional Jewish ceremony Hunt filed for divorce December 2000 Divorced Dec. 18, 2000

Julie Warner Actor

Companion
Engaged in the early 1990s no longer together

Katie Wright Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2007

EDUCATION

Tufts University

Medford , Massachusetts 1987

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York
Met fellow student Oliver Platt

Studied acting with Roy London in Los Angeles, CA

The Kew-Forest School

Forest Hills , New York

Milestones

2013

Reprised Gargamel in "The Smurfs 2"

2011

Played the evil Gargamel in "The Smurfs," based on the 1980s animated TV series

2011

Voiced the character of The Might Sven in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"

2009

Played an evil Pharaoh in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"; also voiced the Lincoln Memorial Statue and The Thinker

2008

Appeared in David Schwimmer's directorial debut "Run, Fat Boy, Run"

2007

Reprised roles for "The Simpsons Movie" an animated feature based on the long running Fox series

2007

Starred in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway play "The Farnsworth Invention" as RCA head David Sarnoff

2005

Cast as Sir Lancelot and other roles in "Spamalot," Eric Idle's Broadway musical version of ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail; earned a Tony nomination for his role

2004

Landed a memorable role in the Ben Stiller comedy "Along Came Polly"

2004

Portrayed psychiatrist Craig "Huff" Huffstodt on the Showtime drama "Huff"; also produced; earned Emmy and SAG nomination in 2005 for Best Male Lead

2004

Featured in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn

2004

Starred in the black comedy "Eulogy," which followed three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch

2002

Starred in the NBC midseason sitcom "Imagine That"; portrayed multiple characters; series canceled after two airings

2001

Co-starred in the fact-based NBC miniseries "Uprising" about the Warsaw Ghetto resistance movement during WWII

2001

Played a Spanish actor in love with a popular movie star in "America's Sweethearts"

2000

Reteamed with Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, contributing vocal skills to the animated feature "Titan A.E."

2000

Cast in the Stephen Frears directed televised play "Fail Safe"; broadcast live in black and white on CBS

1999

Starred as composer Marc Blitzstein in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"

1999

Acted opposite Jack Lemmon in the ABC movie "Tuesdays with Morrie"; earned a SAG nomination in same category as Lemmon who won the award for Best Actor

1998

Portrayed Animal, a gonzo New York cameraman who helps Matthew Broderick's scientist slow down "Godzilla"

1998

Cast as Walter Plane, the wealthy boyfriend of Gwyneth Paltrow's Estella in the contemporary remake of "Great Expectations"

1998

Had a small role in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"

1997

Voiced Bartok in the animated feature "Anastasia"; first association with animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman; would reprise his role in the 1999 straight-to video prequel "Bartok the Magnificent"

1996

Delivered a tour-de-force, scene-stealing performance as the gay Guatemalan houseboy in "The Birdcage"

1996

Joined cast of "Mad About You" (NBC) in recurring role of a dog walker

1994

Had a recurring role as David, one of Phoebe Buffay's boyfriends on "Friends" (NBC); earned an Emmy nomination in 2003

1994

Portrayed weaselly network executive Albert Freedman in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

1991

Played the best friend of the title character on the Fox sitcom "Herman's Head"

1990

First released film, the box-office hit "Pretty Woman"; played a detective

1990

Feature film debut, "Cool Blue" (filmed in 1988) opposite Woody Harrelson; released direct to video

1989

Voiced several characters, including Moe the bartender and Apu the Kwik-E-Mart owner, on the Fox animated sitcom "The Simpsons"; earned an Emmy nomination (2009, 2010) for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

1988

Early TV appearance on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Family Ties"

1988

TV-movie debut, "Frank Nitti: The Enforcer" (ABC)

1987

Relocated to Los Angeles to pursue career in TV

1986

First TV appearance, the short-lived ABC series "Joe Bash"; earned him SAG card; part was edited out

1985

Professional stage debut in Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter" in Boston

Moved to New York to pursue stage career; bartended at the restaurant Arcadia

Worked as a stand-up comedian, including a six-month stint at the Comedy Store

Bonus Trivia

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"Every time you get a good job, you enjoy it for, like, 15 minutes, and then the panic sets in. It's like, 'Oh, my God, I actually have to go do this!' There were times on 'Birdcage' where I'd wake up in the middle of the night, sit up in bed and go, 'What am I doing in this movie? My ass is really hanging out. Literally.' And now, there are so many decisions to make: Do I want to do a TV show? Should I keep myself available for these movie opportunities? It's a good problem to have, but it really does keep me up at night. Thank God for ESPN." – Azaria to Us Weekly, April 1997

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"Our contracts were up, we wanted a lot of money and I admit, it's a lot of money (a reported $50,000 per episode). But the show's been on 10 years and we get no piece of syndication or merchandising. We don't get as much as on-camera people do in the 10th year of a show. I think it's fair what we got." – Azaria, regarding the salary negotiations for "The Simpsons" to The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1998

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His reaction to then-girlfriend Helen Hunt's winning the 1997 Best Actress Oscar for "As Good As It Gets": "Utter shock and joy. I don't think I have any other moment that I can say comes close to that. I wonder if it's even better to have it happen to someone you love than yourself, it's such a proud feeling. One of the happiest moments of my life." – Azaria in The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1998

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On his role opposite Jack Lemmon in the highly-anticipated televison adaptation of the best-selling book Tuesdays with Morrie: "I have to say that I'm trying to avoid the word 'proud,' but it could be the best thing I've ever done in my life. The material is amazing, and I still can't shake it. I spoke to Jack a couple of weeks ago. And neither of us work from the inside out. We don't carry these roles around with us. But we both were very haunted and affected by this movie." – Azaria to the Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 29, 1999

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In November 1999, Azaria was awarded the Light on the Hill Award by his alma mater Tufts University.

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Azaria filed a lawsuit against fellow actor Craig Bierko on Nov. 14, 2012 over the rights to one of his characters (a sportscaster named Jim Brockmire). Azaria alleged that Bierko was jeopardizing a potential movie deal by falsely laying claim to a voice that Azaria reportedly created nearly 30 prior.

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