Harry Shearer

Actor, Writer, Producer
Having been the voice of 21 characters on the long-running animated sitcom "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), actor and comedian Harry Shearer was known by millions without most even recognizing his face. A child actor who ... Read more »
Born: 12/23/1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

7 Days 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

NOW 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 1998, 2000 - 2009, 2013 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Life 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 1994, 2008 - 2009, 2014 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Voice

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbled Big 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Pay Up, Cheaters! 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Archie's Final Project 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The ACLU Freedom Files 2005 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Scratchy/Rev Lovejoy/Skull/Kent Brockman/Smithers/Toll Booth Man/Guard/Otto/Kang (Actor)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Principal Skinner/Lenny/Dr. Hibbert/Ned Flanders/President Arnold Schwarzenegger/Mr. Burns/ (Voice)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Victor Allan Miller (Actor)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Dog Announcer (Voice)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Mark Shubb (Actor)

Inventions We Love to Hate 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

TNN's Conspiracy Zone With Kevin Nealon 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Joey Lavin (Actor)

Haiku Tunnel 2001 (Movie)

Orientation Leader (Actor)

Haunted Castle 2001 (Movie)

of Mephisto (Voice)

It's Burlesque 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Plastic: The Synthetic Century 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Springboard: Exploring the Digital Age 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai 2000 (Movie)

of Scratchy (Voice)

Dick 1999 (Movie)

G Gordon Liddy (Actor)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Moderator (Actor)

Encounter in the Third Dimension 1999 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Almost Heroes 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

George & Leo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

Charles Caiman (Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Punch-It (Voice)

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Mike Michaelson (Actor)

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

Jonathan P E Rice (Actor)

Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun 1997 (Movie)

(Narrator)

State of the Union: Undressed '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The News Hole With Harry Shearer 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Audience Research Captain (Actor)

Little Giants 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Handsome Dan (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Newsreel Announcer (Actor)

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood and Concrete - A Love Story 1991 (Movie)

Sammy Rhodes (Actor)

News to Us 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Guido Finucci (Actor)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

Monosoff (Actor)

Sunday Best 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Sitcom Actor Ben Starr (Actor)

ALF Takes Over the Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Bison Show 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Shearer... The Magic of Live 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

My Stepmother Is An Alien 1988 (Movie)

of Carl Sagan (Voice)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Simon Feck (Actor)

The 9th Annual ACE Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Down and Out With Donald Duck 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Paul Shaffer: Viva Shaf Vegas 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Spitting Image: The 1987 Movie Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Spitting Image: The Ronnie and Nancy Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

This Week Indoors 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night Film Festival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just TV! 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Derek Smalls (Actor)

Not Necessarily the News 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Recruiter (Actor)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(Voice)

Flicks 1980 (Movie)

(Voice)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

Wepner (Actor)

Real Life 1979 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The TV Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracking Up 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Hometown Boy Makes Good (TV Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Infield (TV Show)

Actor

Serpico: The Deadly Game (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Midnight Hour (TV Show)

Actor

The Robe (Movie)

David (Actor)
Music (10)

It Might Get Loud 2009 (Movie)

("Big Bottom") (Song)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

("The Purim Song") (Song Performer)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

("Old Joe's Place") (Song)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

("Stool Boom" "Nothing Ever Happens on Mars") (Song)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

music and lyrics (Music)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

("Hell Hole" "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight") (Song Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

songs (Song)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (4)

The Big Uneasy 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Real Life 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

The Big Uneasy 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Having been the voice of 21 characters on the long-running animated sitcom "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), actor and comedian Harry Shearer was known by millions without most even recognizing his face. A child actor who segued into comedy, Shearer first emerged as an adult in Rob Reiner's beloved mockumentary, "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), while earning laughs on "Not Necessarily the News" (HBO, 1983-1990) and as a writer-performer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). After later appearing in big budget movies like "Godzilla" (1998) and "The Truman Show" (1998), he tapped into his more political side to portray Watergate criminal G. Gordon Liddy in the comedy "Dick" (1999). In the following decade, Shearer joined friend Christopher Guest for the director's improvisational satires, "A Mighty Wind" (2003) and "For Your Consideration" (2006). But it was being one of the more versatile voices on "The Simpsons" that proved to be his most valuable contributions, with such noted characters as Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Dr. Hibbert and Mr. Burns being among fan favorites. In addition to appearing on and off the screen, Shearer hosted a popular political satire radio program while contributing to numerous publications and websites, including The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. A masterful jack of all trades, Shearer made an indelible mark on entertainment in a wide variety of mediums.

Relationships

Penelope Nichols

Wife
Married 1974 Divorced 1977

Judith Owen Song Performer

Wife
Married March 28, 1993

Mack Shearer

Father
Jewish immigrant from Poland

Dora Warren

Mother
Jewish immigrant from Austria

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
Attended for one year doing graduate work in urban government

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Joined the staff of the Daily Bruin during his freshman year

Milestones

2011

Played Dr. Keeley in Joseph Meissner's "Flood Streets"

2008

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for Songs Of The Bushmen

2007

Released the album Songs: Pointed & Pointless, through his Courgette Records label

2007

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

2006

Re-teamed with Guest to play an actor in "For Your Consideration"

2005

Voiced a Dog Announcer in the animated feature "Chicken Little"

2003

Re-teamed with Christopher Guest for "A Mighty Wind"

1999

Portrayed G. Gordon Liddy in the Watergate comedy "Dick"

1998

Played a journalist in the films "Godzilla" and "The Truman Show"

1994

Hosted, created and executive produced the Comedy Central series, "The News Hole With Harry Shearer"

1992

Co-wrote and co-starred in the TV special "A Spinal Tap Reunion"

1990

Provided voices to Principal Skinner and many other characters for FOX's "The Simpsons"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2009

1987

Wrote, directed, produced and appeared in the comedy special, "Paul Shaffer: Viva Shaf Vegas"

1985

Wrote, directed and starred in his own TV special, "It's Just TV!"

1984

Achieved cult celebrity status playing bassist Derek Smalls in "This Is Spinal Tap"; also co-wrote the screenplay and songs

1984

Returned to NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer/performer

1983

Joined the cast of HBO's "Not Necessarily the News"

1979

Joined NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer/performer

1979

Co-produced, co-wrote (with Rob Reiner) and co-starred in the parody show "The TV Show"

1978

Feature screenwriting debut, "Real Life"; co-wrote with Albert Brooks

1977

First film as an adult, "Cracking Up"; appeared as a member of The Credibility Gap

1976

Returned to TV, playing a hippie in the telefilm, "Serpico: The Deadly Game"

1975

Co-wrote and produced Albert Brooks' comedy album, A Star is Bought

1968

Co-founded the comedy troupe The Credibility Gap

1957

Cast in the pilot of "Leave It to Beaver" (CBS); played Wally's friend Frankie; replaced by Ken Osmond (as Eddie Haskell) when series went into production

1953

Made film debut in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars"

1951

TV debut, as a child, "The Jack Benny Show"

Hosted, wrote and created the radio program, "Le Show" for NPR (National Public Radio)

Worked as a freelance journalist and high school teacher after college

Provided voices for a series of Spitting Image comedy specials

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