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Harry Shearer

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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Harry Shearer Movies : Filmography

Brain And Scamper Show The Movie Sequel

Brain And Scamper Show The Movie Sequel

Kang (voice)

Released: 2013 Rated: PG-13 

The Big Uneasy

The Big Uneasy

Released: 2010  

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Himself

Released: 2007  

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

Coçadinha

Released: 2007  

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

Seymour Skinner

Released: 2007 Rated: PG-13 

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

Victor Allan Miller

Released: 2006 Rated: PG-13 

Chicken Little

Chicken Little

Dog Announcer

Released: 2005 Rated:

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

Himself

Released: 2005  

The Secret Policeman's Ball Music Edition

The Secret Policeman's Ball Music Edition

Himself

Released: 2004  

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

Released: 2003  

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Joey Lavin

Released: 2002  

Haunted Castle

Haunted Castle

Mr. D / Mephisto (voice)

Released: 2001  

Dick

Dick

G. Gordon Liddy

Released: 1999 Rated: PG-13 

Encounter in the Third Dimension

Encounter in the Third Dimension

Narrator (voice)

Released: 1999  

Small Soldiers

Small Soldiers

Punch-It

Released: 1998 Rated: PG-13 

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Mike Michaelson

Released: 1998 Rated: PG 

Almost Heroes

Almost Heroes

Narrator (voice)

Released: 1998 Rated: PG-13 

Godzilla

Godzilla

Charles Caiman

Released: 1998 Rated: PG-13 

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

Jonathan P.E. Rice

Released: 1997 Rated: PG-13 

Speechless

Speechless

Chuck

Released: 1994  

Wayne's World 2

Wayne's World 2

Handsome Dan

Released: 1993 Rated: PG-13 

The Simpsons Season 5

The Simpsons Season 5

Released: 1993  

The Simpsons Season 4

The Simpsons Season 4

Released: 1992  

Blood and Concrete

Blood and Concrete

Sammy Rhodes

Released: 1991  

The Fisher King

The Fisher King

Sitcom Actor Ben Starr

Released: 1991  

Pure Luck

Pure Luck

Monosoff

Released: 1991  

Oscar

Oscar

Guido Finucci

Released: 1991  

Hometown Boy Makes Good

Hometown Boy Makes Good

Released: 1990  

My Stepmother is an Alien

My Stepmother is an Alien

Carl Sagan (voice)

Released: 1988 Rated: PG-13 

Plain Clothes

Plain Clothes

Simon Feck

Released: 1988 Rated: PG 

Portrait of a White Marriage

Portrait of a White Marriage

Directing

Released: 1988  

Flicks

Flicks

Narrator

Released: 1987  

Club Paradise

Club Paradise

Writing

Released: 1986 Rated: PG-13 

The History of White People in America

The History of White People in America

Directing

Released: 1985  

This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap

Derek Smalls

Released: 1984 Rated:

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

NASA Recruiter

Released: 1983 Rated: PG 

One Trick Pony

One Trick Pony

Bernie Wepner

Released: 1980 Rated:

Loose Shoes

Loose Shoes

Narrator (voice)

Released: 1980  

Animalympics

Animalympics

Keen Hacksaw

Released: 1980  

Real Life

Real Life

Writing

Released: 1979  

American Raspberry

American Raspberry

Trucker's Friend

Released: 1977  

Cracking Up

Cracking Up

Released: 1977  

The Egyptian

The Egyptian

Boy

Released: 1954  

The Robe

The Robe

David

Released: 1953 Rated: NR 

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

Boy (uncredited)

Released: 1953  

The Simpsons Season 6

The Simpsons Season 6

 

The Simpsons Season 3

The Simpsons Season 3