Dan Castellaneta

Lowest Rated: 0% Plump Fiction (1996)
Birthday: Oct 29, 1957
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Forever associated with his ongoing voice work as Homer J. Simpson on Matt Groening and James L. Brooks' long, long-running Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons, Dan Castellaneta is well-reputed for his modest, unassuming presence in real life and his paradoxical ability to spin characters -- seemingly from out of nowhere -- that instantly take on lives of their own. Groening once famously remarked that "Dan can do everything, and he practically does....You might never notice him, but then he opens his mouth and he completely creates one character after another.'' Born in 1957, Castellaneta grew up in the small town of Oak Grove, IL, in the northwestern corner of the state, near the Iowa border. As a self-described introvert who developed and honed a facility for slipping into the guise of characters to entertain and make social situations easier (read: class clown), Castellaneta nevertheless diverged from this path in college and worked toward a career as a high-school art teacher via his studies at Northern Illinois University. Then, one of Castellaneta's professors (perhaps sensing some dissatisfaction) wisely admonished him to only work at a field, and in a job, that he loved. Castellaneta reasoned that acting fit the bill, and auditioned for the infamous sketch comedy troupe Second City shortly after graduation. The troupe hired him, and in time, the skills that the actor projected led to his involvement on the then-fledgling Fox network's sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show, which premiered on Sunday, April 5, 1987. Castellaneta joined Ullman, Julie Kavner, Joe Malone, Sam McMurray, and for a time Anna Levine in live-action skits that parodied all aspects of Western culture.As a most unusual aspect of her program, Ullman opted to feature crudely animated, offbeat segments as Monty Python-style transitions between the individual sketches. The episodes in question were drawn by Gabor Csupo and Groening (at that time, comic-strip artist of growing infamy known for his Life Is Hell series starring a buck-toothed, bug-eyed rabbit named Bucky). Although the subjects of the shorts initially varied, within a few months they began to focus exclusively on a hyper-dysfunctional blue-collar family called the Simpsons; Kavner and Castellaneta voiced parents Homer and Marge Simpson, respectively. Those segments gained such massive popularity that they eventually outshone that of the Ullman show itself (which wrapped in September 1990), and executive producer James L. Brooks, following this cue, decided to spin off the Simpsons into their own weekly animated series. Kavner and Castellaneta, of course, followed Brooks to the new program, joined in time by longtime Brooks acquaintance Harry Shearer, as well as Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and numerous others.The Simpsons premiered on Fox on December 17, 1989, and became not simply a hit but a phenomenon. It shot up to instantly become one of the highest-rated series on television, and attained iconic status. The program scored as a cause célèbre not simply with children (as expected) but with adult viewers as well, who appreciated the show's ability to skewer all aspects of society and culture. (It generated a billion-dollar marketing boom as well -- an onslaught of Bart Simpson-themed T-shirts, watches, dolls, beach towels, and everything else under the sun.) The program also drew an onslaught of celebrity guests -- everyone from Larry King to Tony Bennett to Beverly D'Angelo and Linda Ronstadt. Castellaneta himself will forever be tied to Homer Simpson -- the lunkheaded, potbellied, beer-swilling, donut-loving nuclear-plant worker with not a whole lot upstairs, and a thoroughly crass lifestyle, but also a big, soft heart (a quality which Castellaneta's co-workers insist that he alone brought to the character). But hardcore Simpsons cultists and even its less attentive devotees will realize that Castellaneta voices not only Homer (as mentioned), but also the gravel

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Grandpa Phil 2017
No Score Yet The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story Aaron Spelling 2015
No Score Yet The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story Aaron Spelling 2015
81% Super 8 Izzy $127M 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice! Actor 2010
No Score Yet Relative Stranger Gary 2009
No Score Yet Immigrants Actor 2008
No Score Yet Remembering Phil Actor 2008
17% Superhero Movie Carlson $25.9M 2008
No Score Yet Sands of Oblivion Actor 2007
88% The Simpsons Movie Homer/Itchy/Barney/Grampa/Krusty/Mayor Quimby/Mel $183.2M 2007
No Score Yet Hellboy Animated: Iron Shoes Actor 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness Alan Frakesh $162.6M 2006
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy! Mr. Mysterio/Woodenleg Wally 2006
73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Dick 2006
No Score Yet I See You.com Jim Orr 2006
No Score Yet Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' Aaron Spelling 2004
9% Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Voice of Thing 1 and 2 $100.5M 2003
29% Hey Arnold! The Movie Grandpa/Nick Vermicelli $13.6M 2002
45% Return to Never Land Mullins $48.4M 2002
No Score Yet Buttleman (Harold Buttleman, Daredevil Stuntman) Actor 2002
61% Recess: School's Out Guard No.1 $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' Milt 2001
76% Rugrats in Paris - The Movie Priest 2000
No Score Yet 'The Simpsons': America's First Family Actor 2000
No Score Yet Olive, the Other Reindeer Postman 1999
No Score Yet The Settlement Neal 1999
19% My Giant Partlow 1998
No Score Yet Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers Actor 1998
No Score Yet Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Team Genie Actor 1998
No Score Yet Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Fearless Friends Actor 1998
0% Plump Fiction Bumpkin 1996
20% All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 Tall Customs Dog/Angel Dog No. 1 1996
No Score Yet The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Alan Wingdale 1995
30% Love Affair Phil 1994
78% The Client Slick Moeller 1994
33% The Return of Jafar Genie 1994
23% Super Mario Bros. Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Lady Against the Odds Len Chisolm 1992
36% Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Animated Babysitter 1991
No Score Yet Working Trash George Agrande 1990
No Score Yet The Simpsons: Family Therapy Actor 1989
85% The War of the Roses Man in Chair 1989
22% K-9 Maitre d' 1989
57% Nothing in Common Brian 1986

TV

CREDIT
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice Screenwriter
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No Score Yet Tracey Ullman's Show
2016-2018
Performer
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No Score Yet Baby Daddy
2012-2017
Peter Oliver
  • 2015
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71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2014
  • 2005
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86% The Mindy Project
2012-2017
Marty
  • 2013
68% The Good Guys
2010
Walter
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No Score Yet Tracey Ullman's State of the Union
2008-2010
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90% Bones
2005-2017
Off. Novarro
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80% Castle
2009-2016
Judge Markway
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66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Jeff Bicks
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No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Frank the Ghost
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83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
Milt
  • 2009
90% Monk
2002-2009
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87% Reno 911!
2003-2009
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95% Futurama
1999
Voice
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66% Entourage
2004-2011
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75% Greek
2007-2011
Dr. Milton Hastings
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No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
1997-2007
Joe Spencer
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75% Arrested Development
2003
Dr. Stein
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No Score Yet The Batman
2004-2008
Voice
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No Score Yet The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2002-2006
Voice
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No Score Yet Hey Arnold!
1996-2004
Voice
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94% Frasier
1993-2004
Brad
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No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Agent Armstrong
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No Score Yet Reba
2001-2007
Eugene Dr. Eugene
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No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
1996-2005
Bryan Trenberth
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No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Rory
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No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Stan
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No Score Yet Hercules
1998-1999
Voice
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84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Gus the Doorman
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No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Tony Lucchesi
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No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
Mr. Rudder
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No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
Wexler
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No Score Yet Darkwing Duck
1991-1992
Voice
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96% Dinosaurs
1991-1994
Voice
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No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Pete Funeral Director
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No Score Yet ALF
1986-1990
Steve Michaels
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No Score Yet Aladdin
1995
Voice
No Score Yet Back to the Future
1991-1992
Voice
No Score Yet Cow and Chicken
1997-1999
Voice
No Score Yet Earthworm Jim
1996
Voice
No Score Yet Fievel's American Tails
1993
Voice
50% Sibs
1992
Warren Morris
No Score Yet Taz-Mania
1995
Voice
No Score Yet The Mindy Project
Marty
No Score Yet The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper
1998
No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show
1987-1990
Performer

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