He did the voice work for the Genie in the 1996 DTV film Aladdin and the King of Thieves, but Robin Williams came aboard for the role, thus replacing Castellaneta's recordings.[1]. He is best known for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. Castellaneta voiced his character in Hey Arnold: The Movie (2003), which included Christopher Lloyd as the Coroner. They waited several years and offered their script, which they updated, to then-show runner Mike Scully, who liked it and had them make a few changes. In 2006, Dan voiced Ramon & an elephant seal in the video game Happy Feet, which included Elijah Wood as Mumble and Cavadini as Norma Jean, a young penguin & a human. In 2005, Castellaneta reprised the role of Genie (whom he voiced on Aladdin: The Animated Series and the DTV Return of Jafar for Kingdom Hearts 2 along with James Arnold Taylor (who voiced Captain Jack Sparrow). [39] Their script became the eleventh season episode "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses", which first aired April 9, 2000. Animation and in Hey Arnold! Famoso por darlle voz a Homer Simpson na versión orixinal da serie de televisión animada Os Simpsons, ademais de moitos outros personaxes da serie, incluíndo Abraham Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty o pallaso, o xardineiro Willie, o alcalde Quimby e Hans Moleman. Commentary for ", Last edited on 24 December 2020, at 15:02, Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, "Sweet Home Cook County; Dan Castellaneta", "He's Homer, but This Odyssey Is His Own", "Louis Castellaneta, father of 'Homer Simpson' voice-actor, dead at 99", "D'oh! Dan was born at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago and grew up in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois. [25], Castellaneta has won several awards for voicing Homer, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in 1992 for "Lisa's Pony", 1993 for "Mr. "[57], Alongside his television and film work, Castellaneta has appeared in a number of theatrical productions. In 1992, he starred in Deb & Dan's Show alongside his wife. Created by Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis. The show lasted two seasons, each featuring 13 episodes, and ran on CBS from September 14, 1991 to December 26, 1992. Yeah, this was a thing. [61], Castellaneta hosted the final of New York comedy show Thrills and Spills on December 31, 2015. [46] He guest starred as The Robot Devil in five episodes of Futurama, as well as the film The Beast with a Billion Backs. Featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, science experiments by Bill Nye the Science Guy and the vocal talents of Mary Steenburgen (Clara), Thomas Wilson (Biff) and Dan Castellaneta (Doc), it is family entertainment at its best and a true treasure for all Back to the Future fans! American actor, voice artist, and comedian Date of Birth: 29-Oct-1957 ... Back to the Future: The Animated Series for CBS, Aladdin for Toon Disney, Taz-Mania for Warner Bros. [16] The couple first met at an improvisational comedy class in Chicago, Illinois. Castellaneta released a comedy album I Am Not Homer, and wrote and starred in a one-person show titled Where Did Vincent van Gogh?. Learn everything there is to know about Dan Castellaneta at the Pop Price Guide database. [17] During early recording sessions, he recorded a new version of Barney's loud trademark belch for every episode but discovered that it was not easy for him to belch each time a script called for it. : The Voice of Homer Is Deceivingly Deadpan", "Voice of Homer Simpson leads his own, simple life", "Voice actor Dan Castellaneta of 'The Simpsons' buys a spot in Santa Barbara", "The strange world of Oor grown-up Wullie", "61st Primetime Emmy Awards Quick Search", "Legacy: 21st Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1993)", "Bugs Bunny tops greatest cartoon characters list", The Simpsons Beyond Forever! Ullman decided to fly to Chicago to watch Castellaneta perform. He decided that if his career went nowhere he would still have a chance to try something else. : A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family ...Still Continued, "2007 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced", "Futurama back as baseball throws curve to schedule", "DVD Review: Arrested Development — Season Two", "Richard Dean Anderson Marks SG-1's 200th", "How I Met Your Mother: Right Place Right Time", "Legacy: 28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)", "Castellaneta, Dan — voice of Homer Simpson", "The Voice Behind Homer Simpson Steps into the Spotlight and...D'oh! Other voice acting highlights of his include voicing The Genie in the Aladdin sequel The Return of Jafar, as well as the Aladdin (TV series). He would listen to his father's comedy records and do impressions of the artists. The show helped Castellaneta hone his skills as a voice-over actor. (2003). Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. He has also occasionally guest starred on shows like Friends and How I … He provides the voice for many characters, most notably Homer, but also Abe, Barney Gumble, Groundskeeper Willie, and Krusty the Clown. Dan Castellaneta is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer and television writer. [22] Hapless Gil Gunderson is a spoof of actor Jack Lemmon's portrayal of Shelley Levene in the 1992 film adaptation of the play Glengarry Glen Ross. At the age of sixteen, his mother enrolled him in acting class, and he listened to his father’s records and even trying to imitate the artist’s impressions. Plow",[26] 2004 for voicing several characters in "Today I Am a Clown",[27] and 2009 for voicing Homer in "Father Knows Worst". [38], In the early 1990s, Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta wrote a script for an episode in which Barney becomes sober. Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta, nado o 29 de outubro de 1957, é un actor estadounidense, dobrador, comediante e guionista. She was impressed and Castellaneta was hired. Futurepedia is a FANDOM Movies Community. [44], He provided the voice of the eponymous character in The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, Megavolt in Darkwing Duck, "Doc" Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Animated Series,[44] the lead character in Earthworm Jim[45] and several characters, including Grandpa Phil and the Jolly Olly Man, the mentally unstable ice cream truck driver, on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!. [48] Castellaneta also had roles in several other programs, including Futurama for Fox Broadcasting Company, Sibs and Darkwing Duck for ABC, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck for Fox Kids, Back to the Future: The Animated Series for CBS and Aladdin for Toon Disney, Taz-Mania for Warner Bros. [2], Castellaneta is most famous for his role as Homer Simpson on the longest running American animated television show The Simpsons. [62], Unlike his Homer character, he is a vegetarian and teetotaler and exercises regularly. The Genie had been voiced by Robin Williams in Aladdin, and Castellaneta described replacing him as "sort of like stepping into Hamlet after Laurence Olivier did it, how can you win?" [41] Castellaneta is also credited as a consulting producer. Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuOGWFOs1ek, https://backtothefuture.fandom.com/wiki/Dan_Castellaneta?oldid=43020. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [37] Three years later, with Fox threatening to cancel the series unless production costs were cut, Castellaneta and the other cast members accepted a 25 percent pay cut, down to over $300,000 per episode. Special Features. [59] In 1995, Castellaneta started writing Where Did Vincent van Gogh?, a one man play in which he portrays a dozen different characters, including artist Vincent van Gogh. [23] Show runner Mike Scully thought that Gil would be "a one-shot thing"[24] but "Dan Castellaneta was so funny at the table read doing the character, we kept making up excuses in subsequent episodes to put him in. [34] The issue was resolved a month later,[35] and Castellaneta earned $250,000 per episode. [2] He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School[8] and upon graduation, started attending Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the fall of 1975. He along with Mann both performed voice work on the episode Veteran's Day. found: Best of the Simpsons. [52], In 2000, he won an Annie Award for his portrayal of the Postman in the animated Christmas television special Olive, the Other Reindeer. [2][7] Castellaneta was a regular participant in The Ron Petke and His Dead Uncle Show, a radio show at NIU. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (born on October 29, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois) was the voice of Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, as well as the McDonald's commercial for the toys of the cartoon.[1]. The time travelling adventures of Doc Brown, his family, and his friend, Marty McFly. Castellaneta also had roles in several other programs, including Futurama for Fox Broadcasting Company, Sibs and Darkwing Duck for ABC, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck for Fox Kids, Back to the Future: The Animated Series for CBS, Aladdin for Toon Disney, Taz-Mania for Warner Bros. From 1994 to 1995, Castellaneta voiced the Genie (voiced in the 1st and 3rd film by Robin Williams) on Aladdin, as well as the DTV movie The Return of Jafar. Dan Castellaneta. Animation dan dalam Hey Arnold! He has also occasionally guest starred on shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Krusty's voice is based on Chicago television's Bob Bell, who had a very raspy voice and portrayed WGN-TV's Bozo the Clown from 1960 to 1984. Castellaneta has had voice roles in several other programs, including Futurama, Sibs and Darkwing Duck, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, The Batman, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Aladdin, Taz-Mania and Hey Arnold! Animation and in … [7], He auditioned for a role in The Tracey Ullman Show and his first meeting underwhelmed Tracey Ullman and the other producers. Mentre va cursar els seus estudis secundaris, va ser part de l'equip de Dick Trout, que diria, "En Dan era graciós però jugava com una nena". In 2005, he appeared in the episode "Sword of Destiny" in Arrested Development as Dr. Stein, a deadpan incompetent doctor. "[57], Some came from their sketch series on a local radio station in Chicago and had to be lengthened from the "two-minute bits" that they were originally, while several others were stage sketches performed in a comedy club in Santa Monica. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. He is of Italian descent. In 1995, Castellaneta appeared as Alan Winsdale in the remake of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, which starred Kirk Cameron as Dexter Riley. [58] Castellaneta chose the title I Am Not Homer as a parody of Leonard Nimoy's famous first autobiography I Am Not Spock, as well as to show that most of the comedy featured "is not the typical Homer comedy. "He also reprised his role as Homer Simpson in the Sesame Street song segment, "Monster in the Mirror.". He did not know what voice to use and Sam Simon, who was directing at the time, suggested he use an accent. Commentary for "Black Widower", in, Affleck, Neil; Castellaneta, Dan; Lacusta, Deb; Maxtone-Graham, Ian; Meyer, George; Scully, Mike (2008). Other films in which Castellaneta has appeared include Nothing in Common, Say Anything..., Super Mario Bros., The Client, Space Jam, My Giant, The Simpsons Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Recess: School's Out, Hey Arnold! He voiced both characters on the Family Guy episode "The Simpsons Guy". Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta is an American actor, and voice actor. (2005). Dan Castellaneta's best known role is that of Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown on The Simpsons. Back to the Future (also known as Back to the Future: The Animated Series) is a French-American animated science-fiction comedy adventure television series for television based on the live-action Back to the Future movie trilogy. He also provided Genie's voice in the Kingdom Hearts video game series[12] for both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II (with archived audio used for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and its remake as well as for the later HD collections Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix). He also briefly provided the voice of Homer Simpson on the Family Guy episode "Ratings Guy". Jean liked the story, but turned it down because he felt that it was too similar to "Duffless", an episode that the writers were already working on. His name was mispronounced by Home… Castellaneta has had voice roles in several other programs, including Futurama, Sibs and Darkwing Duck, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, The Batman, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Aladdin, Taz-Mania and Hey Arnold! Dan has also starred as himself on The Simpsons twice and has also written some episodes along with his wife Deb Lacusta. He then tried a "big dumb Swede", which was also rejected. Daniel Louis Castellaneta (/ˌkæstələˈnɛtə/; born October 29, 1957)[1] is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Dan Castellaneta (b. These episodes are \"Gump Roast\", \"The Ziff Who Came to Dinner\", \"Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore\", and \"Days of Wine and D'oh'ses\". Commentary for ", Groening, Matt (2005). Dan Castlellaneta it's a American Voice actor, film actor, stand-up comedy, and screenwriter. [9], Castellaneta studied art education, with the goal of becoming an art teacher. "[9] He took a play-writing class and auditioned for an improvisational show. He is best known as the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters in Matt Groening's other FOX television show, The Simpsons. Castellaneta has had voice roles in several other programs, including Futurama, Sibs and Darkwing Duck, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, The Batman, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Aladdin, Taz-Mania and Hey Arnold! Castellaneta tamén tivo papeis en varios programas de televisión, incluíndo Sibs, unha comedia televisiva en vivo, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, e na serie animada Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Earthworm Jim, Aladdin, Hey Arnold!, e Darkwing Duck. The final was held in Montgomery, Alabama. [2] Castellaneta's normal speaking voice has no similarity to Homer's. In 2007, they were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore". [34] During a pay dispute in 1998, Fox threatened to replace the six main voice actors with new actors, going as far as preparing for casting of new voices. × [58] Castellaneta noted that "we already knew that these skits were funny, [but] some of them we polished and tightened. Castellaneta first tried using Hispanic voicing, which Simon felt was too clichéd. [55], On February 22, 2000, his first music CD Two Lips was published. Castellaneta va néixer a Chicago, Illinois, i va cursar els seus estudis a l'Escola Secundària Oak Park i River Forest, i a la Universitat Northern Illinois.Va créixer al sud-est de Oak Park en una llar modesta situada en Humphrey Avenue. ... Back to the Future – Dr. Emmett Brown. The character was written as an angry janitor and Castellaneta was assigned to perform the voice. Dan Castellaneta occupation Voice actor, writer, actor, comedian Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American film, theatre and television actor, comedian, voice artist and television writer. He joined Oak Park and River F… Castellaneta juga berperanan dalam beberapa rancangan lain, termasuk Futurama untuk Fox Broadcasting Company, Sibs dan Darkwing Duck untuk ABC, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck untuk Fox Kids, Back to the Future: The Animated Series untuk CBS, Aladdin untuk Toon Disney, Taz-Mania untuk Warner Bros. : The Movie, The Cat in the Hat and The Pursuit of Happyness. [28], In 1993, Castellaneta was given a special Annie Award, "Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation", for his work as Homer on The Simpsons. In 1992, he guest-starred in an episode of the legal drama L.A. Law, as a Homer Simpson meetable character at a California amusement park who is dismissed for inappropriate behavior while in costume. © 2021 TheTVDB.com, A Whip Media Group Company. [citation needed], Castellaneta and his wife Deb Lacusta divide their time between Los Angeles, California and Santa Barbara, California. In 1996, he made a guest appearance as a Zoo Keeper in Season 2, episode 12 “The one after the Super Bowl” in Friends. [60] He first officially performed the play at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles in 1999. [36], After salary re-negotiations in 2008, the voice actors received approximately $400,000 per episode. His mother is Elsie, and his father is Louis Castellaneta, who worked for a printing company, and he was an amateur as an actor. "[14], Castellaneta also provides the voices for numerous other characters, including Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown,[16] Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, Kodos, Arnie Pye, the Squeaky Voiced Teen and Gil Gunderson. [33], Until 1998, Castellaneta was paid $30,000 per episode. [7][10] Homer's voice began as a loose impression of Walter Matthau, but Castellaneta could not "get enough power behind that voice" and could not sustain his Matthau impression for the nine- to ten-hour long recording sessions. "[13], Castellaneta likes to stay in character during recording sessions,[14] and tries to visualize a scene in his mind so that he can give the proper voice to it. He recalled "We did parodies and sketches, we would double up on, so you learned to switch between voices. [42], Castellaneta has been a regular cast member in several other television series. [34] The dispute was soon resolved and he received $125,000 per episode until 2004 when the voice actors demanded that they be paid $360,000 an episode. [56] It was followed on April 23, 2002 by his first comedy CD, I Am Not Homer, in which he and his wife perform several comedy skits. [53], He appeared as the Genie in the Aladdin sequel The Return of Jafar and on the 1994 Aladdin television series. Dan Castellaneta, Date of Birth, Place of Birth Tweet Dan Castellaneta. [15] Despite Homer's fame, Castellaneta claims he is rarely recognized in public, "except, maybe, by a die-hard fan. Castellaneta has co-written four episodes of The Simpsons with his wife Deb Lacusta. I got my feet wet doing voiceover. [2] During this period, he did voice-over work with his wife for various radio stations. Castellaneta has co-written four episodes of The Simpsons with his wife Deb Lacusta.\n\nCastellaneta has also had roles in several other television programs, including the live-action sitcom Sibs, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, and the animated series Darkwing Duck, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Earthworm Jim, Aladdin and Hey Arnold!. Dan Castellaneta's best known role is that of [1][2][3] He is of Italian descent, born to Elsie Castellaneta (née Lagorio; 1926–2008) and Louis Castellaneta (1915–2014). A classmate first thought Castellaneta would "fall on his face with improvisation" but soon "was churning out material faster than [they] could make it work. Castellaneta portrayed Aaron Spelling in the 2004 NBC film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels, which followed the true story of how Spelling created the show. His favorites were Barbara Harris, Alan Arkin, Elaine May, and mike Nicholes. [7] He was a "devotee" of the works of many performers, including Alan Arkin and Barbara Harris and directors Mike Nichols and Elaine May. His performance that night was about a blind man who tries to become a comedian and Ullman later recalled that although there were flashier performances that night, Castellaneta made her cry. In 1992 Castellaneta voiced Chula on Fievel's American Tails. Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, Ph.D., is a fictional character in the It was the fact that we got a chance to do it and write our own material. "[9], Castellaneta started acting after his graduation from Northern Illinois University in 1979. Dan Castellaneta Label from public data source Wikidata; Sources. [11], He tried to find something easier, so he "dropped the voice down", and developed it into a more versatile and humorous voice during the second and third season of the half-hour show. Commentary for the episode ", Jean, Al. Castellaneta provided the voice of Grandpa on Hey Arnold. 1957) is a comic actor best known for performing the voice of Homer Simpson in The Simpsons.. Dan Castellaneta is best known for his voice acting work as Homer Simpson and numerous other characters on The Simpsons. Castellaneta has co-written four episodes of The Simpsons with his wife Deb Lacusta. [7] He became a student teacher and would entertain his students with his impressions. [7], Castellaneta became adept at impressions at a young age and his mother enrolled him in an acting class when he was sixteen years old. Other roles. Castellaneta has also had roles in several other television programs, including the live-action sitcom Sibs, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck, and the animated series Back to the Future" The Animation Series, Earthworm Jim, Aladdin, Hey Arnold!, and Darkwing Duck. Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (born on October 29, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois) was the voice of Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Animated Series, as well as the McDonald's commercial for the toys of the cartoon. [63], Castellaneta, Dan. The episode script did not call for Quimby to be a parody of them, and Castellaneta improvised the accent. Back to the Future Dr. Emmett Brown (1991-1992) Darkwing Duck Megavolt (1991-1992) Krusty's Super Fun House Krusty the Clown (1992) [43] Heide Perlman, creator of Sibs, wrote the part with Castellaneta in mind. The cartoon also included Cathy Cavadini as Tanya Mousekewitz, Danny Mann as Dog and Hal Rayle as Clint Mousewood. The majority of the sketches had been written and performed before the CD was recorded, and Castellaneta thought that it would be a good idea to preserve them "since [he and Lacusta] don't perform them much anymore. Castellaneta co-escribiu catro episodios de The Simpsons coa súa esposa Deb Lacusta. ", "A Parade of Lost Characters in Search of a Story Line", The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dan_Castellaneta&oldid=996100876, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation, Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer in a Television Series, Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series, Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Louie, This page was last edited on 24 December 2020, at 15:02. With David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta, Thomas F. Wilson, Bill Nye. Biografia. Animation, and in Hey Arnold! Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Castellaneta and fellow cast member Julie Kavner to voice Homer and Marge Simpson respectively, rather than hire more actors. [47], Castellaneta has also made guest appearances in a number of television series episodes. The show was just barely audible, but we didn't care. [7] He began taking improvisation classes, where he met his future wife Deb Lacusta. [50] He also appeared in episodes of ALF, Campus Ladies, Castle, Entourage, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friends, Greek, How I Met Your Mother,[51] Mad About You, Married... with Children, Murphy Brown, NYPD Blue, Parks and Recreation, Reba, Reno 911!, That '70s Show, Veronica Mars, Hot in Cleveland, Yes, Dear,[52] and Desperate Housewives. [21] Sideshow Mel's voice is Castellaneta's impression of Kelsey Grammer, the voice of Sideshow Bob. Amazon.com: Back to the Future: The Animated Series - Dickens of a Christmas: Christopher Lloyd, Dan Castellaneta, Mary Steenburgen, David Kaufman, Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis: Movies & TV He also voiced Krusty the Clown in The Simpsons Ride, which also had Christopher Lloyd voicing Emmett Brown (drawn in the style of The Simpson). They pitched their idea to showrunner Al Jean. "[58] The skits were principally written by improvising from a basic point, transcribing the results and then editing them to the finished scene. [14] He also practices Tai chi. Back to the Future: The Animated Series – Season I featuring 13 episodes inspired by the original motion picture trilogy. [18], Groundskeeper Willie's first appearance was in the season two episode "Principal Charming". sebagai Grandpa Phil untuk Nickelodeon. He also voiced Football Player #3 and Martian Sage in the episodes "Quarterback Quack"/"To Love a Duck" on Duck Dodgers which included Alaskey as the title character. Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown, Doc's wife Clara, sons Jules and Verne, and dog Einstein for more hilarious escapades as they time travel to Prehistoric Hill Valley, Ancient Rome, Medieval England, the Civil War, the Salem Witch Trials, the far future and beyond. He has also occasionally guest starred on shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother. [40] Castellaneta and his wife have also written the episodes "Gump Roast", "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore", and "The Fight Before Christmas". [19] The voice was based partially on Angus Crock, a kilt-wearing chef from the sketch comedy show Second City Television, who was portrayed by Dave Thomas. For his third try, he used the voice of a grumpy Scotsman, which was deemed appropriate enough and was used in the episode. [4][5][6] Louis Castellaneta was an amateur actor who worked for a printing company. Vol. [29][30], In 2004, Castellaneta and Julie Kavner (the voice of Marge) won a Young Artist Award for "Most Popular Mom & Dad in a TV Series". Back to the Future: Dan Castellaneta, Bill Nye, Christopher Lloyd, Josh Keaton, David Kaufman, Thomas F. Wilson, Catherine Cavadini, Mary Steenburgen The episode "From Hippsodeth, with Love" included Neil Ross providing the voice of King Pector. as Grandpa Phil for Nickelodeon. Daniel Louis Castellaneta was born on October 29, 1957 at Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago's south side and was raised in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois. He also provided the voices of Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. In 1991, he played Warren Morris in the short-lived ABC live-action sitcom Sibs. [54] In 2006, he appeared in Jeff Garlin's independent film I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With along with several other Second City alumni. Castellaneta is best known for voicing Homer Simpson on the animated series The Simpsons (as well as other characters on the show such as Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, and Hans Moleman). [12] In 2007, he appeared in The Bicycle Men at King's Head Theatre in London. In 1993, Castellaneta voiced the narrator in the Nintendo film Super Mario Bros, which is based on the video game of the same name. "[23] The Blue-Haired Lawyer's voice, as well as his demeanor, is based on lawyer Roy Cohn. [31] Homer was placed second on TV Guide's 2002 Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters,[32] and in 2000, Homer and the rest of the Simpson family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1992, he was heard as Zabar in the Dinosaurs episode "Germ Warfare. Castellaneta chose a recording of what he believed was his best belch and told the producers to make that the standard. [58] Additionally, "Citizen Kane", a sketch in which two people discuss the film Citizen Kane with different meanings, was something the pair had performed at an art gallery. He also voiced Harvey in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special", which included Joe Alaskey as Plucky Duck. 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