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Also Known As: Daniel Louis Castellaneta Died:
Born: October 29, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: voice actor, actor

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Even if he had done nothing else in his career, veteran actor, writer, and voice-over artist, Dan Castellaneta's place in pop culture history was well secured, thanks to his singular creation of Homer J. Simpson, the loutish father figure on Fox's long-running animated comedy "The Simpsons" (1989- ). Castellaneta provided the voice of Homer and numerous other characters on the show, lending his elastic vocal talents to a host of other animated shows and features as well. If the series had not made his face a familiar one in households around the world, it certainly afforded him job security and the ability to express himself in a variety of different forums, including CDs, books, and theater.

Even if he had done nothing else in his career, veteran actor, writer, and voice-over artist, Dan Castellaneta's place in pop culture history was well secured, thanks to his singular creation of Homer J. Simpson, the loutish father figure on Fox's long-running animated comedy "The Simpsons" (1989- ). Castellaneta provided the voice of Homer and numerous other characters on the show, lending his elastic vocal talents to a host of other animated shows and features as well. If the series had not made his face a familiar one in households around the world, it certainly afforded him job security and the ability to express himself in a variety of different forums, including CDs, books, and theater.

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 Super 8 (2011)
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 Superhero Movie (2008)
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 Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy (2006) Woodenleg Wally
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Raised in Oak Park, Illinois
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Professional debut with Second City and Paul Sills Improvisational Game Theatre, Chicago
1986:
Co-starred in "Nothing in Common" with Tom Hanks
1986:
Was a regular on "Tracy Ullman Show"; also did voice of Homer Simpson in animated vignettes
1989:
Voiced Homer Simpson on the FOX animated series "The Simpsons"; also voices Grandpa Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, and other characters; earned an Emmy nomination (2009, 2010) for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
1991:
Co-starred as Warren Morris on the ABC sitcom "Sibs"
1991:
Voiced Doctor Emmett L. Brown for the CBS animated series "Back to the Future"
1996:
Cast in "Plump Fiction," a feature-length spoof of "Pulp Fiction"
1996:
Voiced Grandpa on the Nickelodeon series, "Hey Arnold!"
1999:
Starred in the one-man stage show "Where Did Vincent Van Gogh?"; reprised performance Off-Broadway
1999:
Voiced Robot Devil in the animated series, "Futurama"; also created by Matt Groening
2000:
Published first music CD <i>Two Lips</i>
2002:
Released first comedy album, <i>I Am Not Homer</i>
2004:
Portrayed Aaron Spelling in the NBC TV-movie, "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels"
2006:
Co-starred in the Will Smith drama "The Pursuit of Happyness"
2006:
Appeared in Jeff Garlin's feature directing debut, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with"
2007:
Reprised roles for "The Simpsons Movie," an animated feature based on the long running FOX series
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Education

Northern Illinois University: De Kalb , Illinois -

Notes

"I was not at all an extrovert as a kid and I really didn't feel comfortable speaking up. ... But if I could be someone else, I felt safe. In a way, if I could make people laught then it was even safer: I could sort of slide behind these characters and watch how people reacted to them, not me." --Dan Castellaneta quoted in The New York Times, July 16, 1997.

"Inside he's this little man from Chicago in polyester pants who's a quiet genius." --Tracey Ullman quoted in Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1999.

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wife:
Deb Lacusta. Met when they took improv courses together.

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