Harry Shearer

 

Date Of Birth

December 23, 1943
 

Biography

Born on December 23, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, actor Harry Shearer is a man of many talents. He is credited as a comedian, writer, musician, author, voice artist and radio host. He started out young in the entertainment industry and had his first audition by the age of four. Three years later, he was cast on the radio show known as The Jack Berry Program. At the time, he befriended voice actor Mel Blanc and was inspired by him.

In 1953, Shearer made his film debut with a small role in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. His breakout performance was on The Robe, and he continued working in film, television and radio since then. He was educated at UCLA, where he took up political science. He wanted to quit show business then, but he joined the staff of the school newspaper and changed his mind. He later took up graduate studies at Harvard University for a year, in addition to working at the state legislature. He was also a high school teacher before he became part of the radio comedy group called The Credibility Gap.

Shearer then got hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, unofficially replacing John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. He was also a big part of Rob Reiner's 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap. He played the character Derek Smalls in the fictional band. Later on, he rose to fame for voicing several characters on Matt Groening's animated series The Simpsons. Some of these are Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Principal Skinner and many others. He also became known for hosting the radio comedy/music program called Le Show, in addition to being published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Slate, Newsweek and The Huffington Post.
 

Place of Birth

Los Angeles, California
 

Birth Name

Harry Julius Shearer
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- He has the widest range of roles on "The Simpsons" with 21 animated characters to his credit.

- As a child actor, he was the precursor to Eddie Haskell's character on the series Leave It to Beaver. However, his parents objected to him being cast as a regular because they wanted him to have a normal childhood.

- He married Penelope J. Nichols on June 12, 1974 but they were divorced three years later. He then wed Judith Owen on March 28, 1993.
 

Awards

2004: Florida Film Critics Circle Awards - FFCC Award - Best Ensemble Cast for: A Mighty Wind (2003). Shared.
2003: Seattle Film Critics Awards - Best Music for: A Mighty Wind (2003). Shared.
2001: DVD Exclusive Awards - Video Premiere Award - Best DVD Audio Commentary for: This Is Spinal Tap (1984). Shared.
 

Filmography

1989-2011: The Simpsons (TV series) - Ned Flanders/Kent Brockman/Principal Skinner/…
2010: Flood Streets - Dr. Keeley
2009: Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place (short) - Derek Smalls
2000-2009: The Daily Show (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2009: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2007-2009: Channel 4 News (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2009: Glastonbury 2009 (TV movie) - Derek Smalls (as Spinal Tap)
2009: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2009: Entertainment Tonight (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2009: Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead (video) - Derek Smalls
2007: The Simpsons Game (Video Game) - Ned Flanders/Principal Skinner/Mr. Burns/...(voice)
2007: The Simpsons Movie - Scratchy/Mr. Burns (voice)/Rev. Lovejoy/…(voice)
2007: CNN Newsroom (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2007: Breakfast (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2007: A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser - Marc Gavin
2006: The Harry Smith Project Live (video) - Mark Schubb
2006: For Your Consideration - Victor Allan Miller
2005: Chicken Little - Dog Announcer (voice)
2005: Chicken Little (Video Game) - Dog Announcer
2005: Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School - Promo Announcer
2004: The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition (video) - Derek Smalls
2003: Just for Laughs (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2003: The Simpsons: Hit & Run (Video Game) - Ned Flanders/C. Montgomery Burns/Smithers/…(voice)
2003: Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV series) - Mark Schubb
2003: MADtv (TV series) - Mark Shubb
2003: The View (TV series) - Mark Schubb
2000-2003: Late Show with David Letterman (TV series) - Derek Smalls/Mark Schubb
2003: A Mighty Wind - Mark Shubb
2002: The Simpsons: Skateboarding (Video Game) - Otto Mann/Principal Seymour Skinner/Kent Brockman (voice)
2002: Teddy Bears' Picnic - Joey Lavin
2002: The Agency (TV series) - The President
2001: That's Life (TV series) - Dean
2001: The Simpsons: Road Rage (Video Game) - Additional voices (voice)
2000-2001: Dawson's Creek (TV series) - Principal Peskin
2001: The Simpsons: Wrestling (Video Game) - Additional Voices (voice)
1999-2001: Jack & Jill (TV series) - Dr. Madison/Dr. Wilfred Madison
2001: Haunted Castle (short) - Mr. D/Mephisto (voice)
2001: Out There (short) - Dr. Gerard
2001: Haiku Tunnel - Orientation Leader
2000: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2000: The Early Show (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2000: The List (TV series) - Derek Smalls
2000: Catching Up with Marty DiBergi (video short) - Derek Smalls
2000: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (short) (voice)
1999: Just Shoot Me! (TV series) - Larry Fenwick
1999: Dick - G. Gordon Liddy
1999: Seven Days (TV series) - Walter Landis
1999: Encounter in the Thrid Dimension (short) - Narrator (voice)
1999: Edtv - Moderator
1999: Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival (TV movie) - Derek Smalls (2001) (2003)
1998: Small Soldiers - Punch-It (voice)
1998: The Truman Show - Mike Michaelson
1998: Almost Heroes - Narrator
1998: Godzilla - Charles Caiman
1998: My Generation (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1998: StarCraft (Video Game) - Science Vessel (voice)
1998: George & Leo (TV series)
1997: The Visitor (TV series) - Louis Faraday
1997: My Best Friend's Wedding - Jonathan P.F. Ritt, Poetry Reader
1997: ER (TV series) - John Smythe
1997: Tracey Takes On... (TV series) - Ronald Littleman
1997: The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (Video Game) - Mr. Burns/Waylon Smithers/Ned Flanders/… (voice)
1996: Chicago Hope (TV series) - Nowhere Man
1996: State of the Union: Undressed (TV movie) - Newt Gingrich
1996: The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio (Video Game) - Mr. Burns/Smithers/Principal Skinner/... (voice)
1996: Blazing Dragons (Video Game) (voice)
1995: Frontline (TV series) - Larry Hadges
1995: The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show (TV movie) - Mr. Blackwell
1995: Friends (TV series) - Dr. Baldharar
1995: Sliders (TV series) - Radio DJ
1994: Speechless - Chuck
1994: Ellen (TV series) - Ted Layton
1994: Little Giants - Announcer Littbarski
1994: I'll Do Anything - Audience Research Captain
1993: Wayne's World 2 - Handsome Dan
1993: Animaniacs (TV series) - Ned Flat
1993: L.A. Law (TV series) - Gordon Huyck
1993: Dream On (TV series) - Steve the Producer
1992: A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (TV movie) - Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) / Mark Shubb (The Folksmen)
1992: The Arsenio Hall Show (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Halloween Jam at Universal Studios (TV movie) - Derek Smalls
1992: A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica (video documentary) - Derek Smalls
1992: A League of Their Own - Newsreel Announcer
1992: American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special (TV movie) - Derek Smalls - Member of Spinal Tap
1992: Fox News (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Tonight with Jonathan Ross (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Good Morning America (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Headbangers Ball (TV series) - Derek Smalls - Host
1992: Late Night with David Letterman (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Rockline on MTV (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1992: Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind - The Videos (video short) - Derek Smalls
1992: The 19th Annual American Music Awards (TV movie) - Derek Smalls - Presenter
1991: MTV News: The Week in Rock (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1991: The Fisher King - Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
1991: Pure Luck - Monosoff
1991: Oscar - Guido Finucci
1991: Sunday Best (TV series) - Sketch Characters
1991: Blood and Concrete - Sammy Rhodes
1991: MTV Video Music Awards 1991 (TV movie) - Derek Smalls - Presenter
1990: Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (short) - Announcer
1990: Murphy Brown (TV series) - Chris Bishop
1990: The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV? (TV movie)
1990: Hometown Boy Makes Good (TV movie)
1990: The Golden Girls (TV series) - George Bush
1988: My Stepmother Is an Alien - Carl Sagan (voice)
1988: Merrill Markoe's Guide to Glamorous Living (TV movie)
1988: Plain Clothes - Simon Feck
1988: Miami Vice (TV series) - FBI Agent Timothy Anderson
1988: Portrait of a White Marriage
1987: Down and Out with Donald Duck (TV movie) - Additional Voices (voice)
1987: Spitting Image: The Ronnie and Nancy Show (TV short) (voice)
1987: Flicks - Narrator (segment 'No Way, José')/Voice of Philip Alien/Voice of George Blik (segment 'Philip Alien') (voice)
1986: ALF (TV series) - Larry/President
1986: The History of White People in America: Volume II (TV movie) - Rabbi
1986: Viva Shaf Vegas (TV movie) - Rabbi
1986: Spitting Image: Down and Out in the White House (TV movie) (voice)
1979-1985: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Various/Derek Smalls/Mark Shubb/…
1985: The History of White People in America (TV movie) - Rabbi
1984: This Is Spinal Tap - Derek Smalls
1984: The Joe Franklin Show (TV series) - Derek Smalls
1983: The Right Stuff - Recruiter
1982: Million Dollar Infield (TV movie) - Jack Savage
1976-1982: Laverne & Shirley (TV series) - Announcer/Harold/Interviewer/…
1981: Likely Stories, Vol. 1 (TV movie)
1980: One Trick Pony - Bernie Wepner
1980: Loose Shoes - Narrator (voice)
1980: Animalympics - Keen Hacksaw (voice)
1979: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh - Murray Sports
1979: The Concorde... Airport '79 - Jeffrey Marx (voice)
1979: The T.V. Show (TV movie) - Various Characters
1979: Stockard Channing in Just Friends (TV series) - Saul
1979: Real Life - Pete
1977: Cracking Up - Various Characters (as The Credibility Gap)
1977: American Raspberry - Trucker's Friend
1976: Serpico (TV series) - Hippy
1957: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series) - Street Kid
1957: Leave It to Beaver (TV series) - Frankie Bennett
1957: General Electric Theater (TV series) - Timmy
1956: Private Secretary (TV series) - Chuckie Willis
1955-1956: TV Reader's Digest (TV series) - 1st Wise Man
1953-1955: The Jack Benny Program (TV series) - Harry Beaver/Jack Benny, As a Child/Young Writer
1955: Death Valley Days (TV series)
1955: It's a Great Life (TV series) - Terry
1953: The Robe - David
1953: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars - Boy
 

Height

Los Angeles, California