Harry Shearer

Birthday:

12/23/1943

Place of birth:

Los Angeles, California, USA:

Biography:

​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


Film Credits

Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There (2019)
as Himself
Father Figures (2017)
as Gene
Love & Taxes (2017)
as Sean Boykin/Agent
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches (2016)
as Himself
Mascots (2016)
as Competition Announcer (voice)
Der Clown (2016)
as Himself
Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead (2009)
as Derek Smalls
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
as Himself
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
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)
Fired! (2007)
as Self
For Your Consideration (2006)
as Victor Allan Miller
Chicken Little (2005)
as Dog Announcer (voice)
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
as Promo Announcer
The Aristocrats (2005)
as Himself
The Simpsons Christmas 2 (2004)
as
The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition (2004)
as Himself
The Simpsons - Christmas (2003)
as
A Mighty Wind (2003)
as Mark Shubb
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
as Joey Lavin
Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns) (2002)
as Himself
Haunted Castle (2001)
as Mr. D / Mephisto (voice)
CyberWorld (2000)
as Ned Flanders / Dr. Julius Hibbert / Rev. Timothy Lovejoy (voice) (archive footage)
Dick (1999)
as G. Gordon Liddy
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
as Voice of Scratchy (voice)
Encounter in the Third Dimension (1999)
as Narrator (voice)
The Simpsons: Too Hot For TV (1999)
as
Small Soldiers (1998)
as Punch-It
The Truman Show (1998)
as Mike Michaelson
Almost Heroes (1998)
as Narrator (voice)
Godzilla (1998)
as Charles Caiman
TruTalk (1998)
as Mike Michaelson
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
as Jonathan P.E. Rice
The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show (1995)
as
Speechless (1994)
as Chuck
Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1994)
as Derek Smalls
I'll Do Anything (1994)
as Audience Research Captain
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
as Handsome Dan
The Return of Spinal Tap (1992)
as Derek Smalls
A League of Their Own (1992)
as Newsreel Announcer
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
as Fairy 3
The Fisher King (1991)
as Ben Starr
Blood and Concrete (1991)
as Sammy Rhodes
Pure Luck (1991)
as Monosoff
Oscar (1991)
as Guido Finucci
Hometown Boy Makes Good (1990)
as
Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous (1990)
as himself
My Stepmother is an Alien (1988)
as Carl Sagan (voice)
Plain Clothes (1988)
as Simon Feck
Portrait of a White Marriage (1988)
as Al Silvers
Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987)
as Additional Voices (voice)
Flicks (1987)
as Narrator
The History of White People in America: Volume II (1986)
as Rabbi
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
as Derek Smalls
The Right Stuff (1983)
as NASA Recruiter
Likely Stories Vol. 1 (1981)
as
One Trick Pony (1980)
as Bernie Wepner
Loose Shoes (1980)
as Narrator (voice)
Animalympics (1980)
as Keen Hacksaw
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
as Murray Sports
Real Life (1979)
as Pete
American Raspberry (1977)
as Trucker's Friend
Cracking Up (1977)
as
The Egyptian (1954)
as Boy
The Robe (1953)
as David (uncredited)
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
as Second Boy
The Simpsons Movie 2 ()
as

Production Credits

The Big Uneasy (2010)
Director
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
Director
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
Writer
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Original Music Composer
Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1994)
Writer
The Return of Spinal Tap (1992)
Writer
Portrait of a White Marriage (1988)
Director
Club Paradise (1986)
Story
The History of White People in America: Volume II (1986)
Director
The History of White People in America (1985)
Director
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Original Music Composer
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Writer
Real Life (1979)
Writer