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Harry Shearer

​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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Harry Shearer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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Born:
Dec 23, 1943 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
70
First Appeared:
In the series General Electric Theater 1953-02-01
Latest Project:
Series Frontline 2017
Known For
Poster of Frontline
Poster of The Aristocrats
Poster of Friends
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography

Frontline (2018)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Clown (2016)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
10 1 votes

Mascots (2016)

Comedy
Movie
as Competition Announcer (voice)
5.6 44 votes

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches (2016)

Comedy Documentary
Movie
as Himself

The Graham Norton Show (2007)

Comedy Talk
Series
as Himself
6.5 31 votes

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Animation Comedy Family
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)
6.9 1698 votes

Would I Lie to You? (2007)

Comedy
Series
as Panellist
7.3 16 votes

For Your Consideration (2006)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Victor Allan Miller
5.8 36 votes

The Aristocrats (2005)

Comedy Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.9 41 votes

Chicken Little (2005)

Animation Family Comedy
Movie
as Dog Announcer (voice)
5.6 702 votes

The Colbert Report (2005)

News Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7 53 votes

The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition (2004)

Music
Movie
as Himself

Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)

Comedy Talk
Series
as Unknown
6.1 44 votes

A Mighty Wind (2003)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Mark Shubb
6.5 65 votes

Anderson Cooper 360° (2003)

News
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)

Movie
as Joey Lavin

HypaSpace (2002)

Series

Haunted Castle (2001)

Animation Horror Thriller
Movie
as Mr. D / Mephisto (voice)
1 1 votes

Encounter in the Third Dimension (1999)

Documentary
Movie
as Narrator (voice)
8 1 votes

The Early Show (1999)

News
Series
as Unknown

Where Are They Now? (1999)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown

Dick (1999)

Comedy
Movie
as G. Gordon Liddy
5.7 53 votes

Jack & Jill (1999)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 5 votes

Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1998)

Movie
as Derek Smalls

Dawson's Creek (1998)

Drama
Series
as Principal Peskin
5.6 46 votes

Godzilla (1998)

Science Fiction Action Thriller
Movie
as Charles Caiman
5.2 833 votes

Almost Heroes (1998)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Narrator (voice)
5.5 50 votes

Small Soldiers (1998)

Comedy Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Punch-It
6.2 397 votes

The Truman Show (1998)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Mike Michaelson
7.7 3397 votes

Just Shoot Me! (1997)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.4 34 votes

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Jonathan P.E. Rice
6.3 461 votes

The View (1997)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
2.5 13 votes

The Visitor (1997)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
10 1 votes

ER (1994)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 72 votes

Chicago Hope (1994)

Soap Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 14 votes

Friends (1994)

Comedy
Series
as Dr. Baldharar
7.7 608 votes

Speechless (1994)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Chuck
5.4 16 votes

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
6.9 32 votes

Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Comedy
Movie
as Handsome Dan
5.8 227 votes

Oscar (1991)

Action Comedy Thriller Family
Movie
as Guido Finucci
6.2 110 votes

Pure Luck (1991)

Comedy Crime Mystery
Movie
as Monosoff
5.9 27 votes

Blood and Concrete (1991)

Crime Comedy
Movie
as Sammy Rhodes
7.3 2 votes

The Fisher King (1991)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
7.1 266 votes

Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous (1990)

Movie
as himself

Hometown Boy Makes Good (1990)

Movie

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Mr. Burns / Mr. Smithers / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Reverend Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert / Various
7.2 788 votes

Plain Clothes (1988)

Comedy Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as Simon Feck
7.7 6 votes

My Stepmother is an Alien (1988)

Comedy Science Fiction
Movie
as Carl Sagan (voice)
5.4 110 votes

Flicks (1987)

Comedy
Movie
as Narrator

Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987)

Animation
Movie
as Additional Voices (voice)
7.7 3 votes

L.A. Law (1986)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 14 votes

ALF (1986)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.9 93 votes

The Golden Girls (1985)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 54 votes

Miami Vice (1984)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 59 votes

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Derek Smalls
7.7 333 votes

The Right Stuff (1983)

Drama History
Movie
as NASA Recruiter
7.3 193 votes

Animalympics (1980)

Comedy Animation Family
Movie
as Keen Hacksaw
5.6 8 votes

Loose Shoes (1980)

Comedy
Movie
as Narrator (voice)

One Trick Pony (1980)

Drama
Movie
as Bernie Wepner
6.5 2 votes

CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)

News
Series
as Unknown
9 4 votes

Stockard Channing: In Just Friends (1979)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Cracking Up (1977)

Fantasy Comedy Science Fiction
Movie

American Raspberry (1977)

Comedy
Movie
as Trucker's Friend
7.5 2 votes

Fernwood 2 Night (1977)

Series

Laverne & Shirley (1976)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.6 13 votes

Jeopardy! (1964)

Series
as Unknown
5.8 23 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 42 votes

The Egyptian (1954)

History Drama
Movie
as Boy
6.2 7 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Science Fiction Comedy Fantasy
Movie
as Second Boy
5.8 14 votes