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Dan Castellaneta

Highest Rated:   88% The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% Plump Fiction (1996)
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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 rea

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie
  • Grandpa
2017
No Score Yet The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story
  • Aaron Spelling
2015
No Score Yet The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story
  • Aaron Spelling
2015
82% Super 8
  • Izzy
$127.0M 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
10% 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
46% 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
75% 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
No Score Yet 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
31% Love Affair
  • Phil
1994
80% The Client
  • Slick Moeller
1994
27% The Return of Jafar
  • Genie
1994
15% Super Mario Bros.
  • Narrator
1993
No Score Yet Lady Against the Odds
  • Len Chisolm
1992
33% 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
82% The War of the Roses
  • Man in Chair
1989
22% K-9
  • Maitre d'
1989
58% Nothing in Common
  • Brian
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Screenwriter
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
100% Tracey Ullman's Show
2016
  • Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Baby Daddy
2012
  • Peter Oliver
  • 2015
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2014
86% The Mindy Project
2012
  • Marty
  • 2013
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Walter
  • 2010
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Off. Novarro
  • 2009
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Judge Markway
  • 2009
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Jeff Bicks
  • 2009
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Frank the Ghost
  • 2009
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Milt
  • 2009
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet Reno 911!
2003-2009
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2003
  • 1999
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet Greek
2007-2011
  • Dr. Milton Hastings
  • 2007
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Dr. Stein
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Batman
2004-2008
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Brad
  • 2003
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Mr. Rudder
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Mindy Project
  • Marty

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