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Also Known As: Harry Julius Shearer, Derek Smalls Died:
Born: December 23, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, writer, comedian, producer, musician, teacher

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002) Director
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  This Week Indoors (1987) Director
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  It's Just TV! (1985) Director

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 Fired! (2006)
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 Chicken Little (2005)
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 Mighty Wind, A (2003) Mark Shubb
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 Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002) Joey Lavin
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 Haunted Castle (2001) Voice Of Mephisto; Voice Of The Devil (Mr D)
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 Haiku Tunnel (2001) Orientation Leader
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1951:
TV debut, as a child, "The Jack Benny Show"
1953:
Made film debut in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars"
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
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Worked as a freelance journalist and high school teacher after college
1969:
Co-founded the comedy troupe The Credibility Gap
1975:
Co-wrote and produced Albert Brooks' comedy album, <i>A Star is Bought</i>
1976:
Returned to TV, playing a hippie in the telefilm, "Serpico: The Deadly Game"
1977:
First film as an adult, "Cracking Up"; appeared as a member of The Credibility Gap
1978:
Feature screenwriting debut, "Real Life"; co-wrote with Albert Brooks
1979:
Co-produced, co-wrote (with Rob Reiner) and co-starred in the parody show "The TV Show"
1979:
Joined NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a writer/performer
1983:
Joined the cast of HBO's "Not Necessarily the News"
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
1985:
Wrote, directed and starred in his own TV special, "It's Just TV!"
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Provided voices for a series of Spitting Image comedy specials
1987:
Wrote, directed, produced and appeared in the comedy special, "Paul Shaffer: Viva Shaf Vegas"
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Hosted, wrote and created the radio program, "Le Show" for NPR (National Public Radio)
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
1992:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the TV special "A Spinal Tap Reunion"
1994:
Hosted, created and executive produced the Comedy Central series, "The News Hole With Harry Shearer"
1998:
Played a journalist in the films "Godzilla" and "The Truman Show"
1999:
Portrayed G. Gordon Liddy in the Watergate comedy "Dick"
2003:
Re-teamed with Christopher Guest for "A Mighty Wind"
2005:
Voiced a Dog Announcer in the animated feature "Chicken Little"
2006:
Re-teamed with Guest to play an actor in "For Your Consideration"
2007:
Reprised roles for "The Simpsons Movie," an animated feature based on the long running FOX series
2007:
Released the album <i>Songs: Pointed & Pointless</i>, through his Courgette Records label
2008:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for <i>Songs Of The Bushmen</i>
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Judith Owen. Singer, songwriter. Married on March 28, 1993; Welsh.

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"Man Bites Town"
"It's the Stupidity, Stupid: Why (Some) People Hate Clinton and Why the Rest of Us Have to Watch" Random House

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