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Hank Azaria

Highest Rated:   100% Uprising (2001)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Smurfs 2 (2013)
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Birthplace:   Queens, New York, USA
Rubber-faced comic actor and vocal artist extraordinaire Hank Azaria initially plied his trade on the stand-up circuit, then subsequently landed stage appearances and tackled bit parts on television. Azaria scored his breakthrough in 1989 when he began providing a multitude of voices for the Fox network's groundbreaking animated series The Simpsons, an assignment that imparted the performer with an enviable degree of cult stardom. In 1991, Azaria nabbed a major role in the Fox live-action sitcom Herman's Head, which ran until 1994 and gave audiences a glimpse of the man responsible for the vocal intonations of some of the most famous characters to ever corrupt an animator's storyboard.A native of Queens, NY, where he was born into a family of Sephardic Jews on April 25, 1964, Azaria commenced film roles in the late 1980s, coincident with his Simpsons stardom. Work on that program (which, after graduating from a series of crude sketches on The Tracey Ullmann Show to its own animated sitcom, quickly shot up to qualify as the Fox network's most popular enterprise) easily outstripped Azaria's screen work in popularity and visibility for many years. Recurring parts included Indian convenience store owner Apu, quack doctor Nick Riviera, dim-witted bartender Moe, and the idiotic, pig-nosed Springfield Chief of Police, Clancy Wiggum. Though his Simpsons work continued unabated over the years, beginning in the mid-1990s Azaria branched out somewhat, placing a heavier emphasis on live-action portrayals. Even in that venue, however, his work tonally mirrored his animated contributions; he specialized in adroitly handling goofy, over-the-top character parts, often with an ethnic bent. The performer attained visibility and memorability, for example, as the klutzy and scantily-dressed gay houseboy Agador in The Birdcage (1995), Hector, a goofy Hispanic paramour with a permanent effeminate lisp, in Joe Roth's underrated showbiz comedy America's Sweethearts (2001), and Claude, a Gallic beach bum with no qualms about taking off with other men's wives, in John Hamburg's gross-out romantic comedy Along Came Polly (2004).Azaria has also departed from the boundaries of screen comedy from time to time, doing memorable work across genre lines in such films as Great Expectations (1998) (which cast him as Gwyneth Paltrow's lackluster fiancé), Mystery Men (1999) (as the superhero Blue Raja), and Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock (1999), a historical drama about art and politics in 1930s New York that cast Azaria as leftist playwright Marc Blitzstein. In 2005, Azaria presided as one of the many off-color monologuists in Penn Jillette's stand-up comedy showcase film The Aristocrats; the performer subsequently provided at least seventeen voices (including his usual series roles) for The Simpsons Movie (2007) and voiced both Abbie Hoffmann and Allen Ginsberg in the animated sequences of Brett Morgen's offbeat documentary Chicago 10 (2007).He appeared in the pre-historic comedy Year One, and provided several voices in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. He played an ethically challenged doctor in Love and Other Drugs, and portrayed Gargamel, the bad guy in the big-screen hit The Smurfs. He was in family film Hop, and lent his prodigious vocal talents to Happy Feet Two. In 2012 he acted in the biopic Lovelace.In July 1999, Azaria married actress Helen Hunt, with whom he co-starred in several episodes of the sitcom Mad About You. The two divorced within eighteen months.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Wizard of Lies
  • Actor
2017
53% Lovelace
  • Gerry Damiano
2013
13% The Smurfs 2
  • Gargamel
2013
No Score Yet The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
  • Actor
2013
46% Happy Feet Two
  • The Mighty Sven
2011
22% The Smurfs
  • Elway
2011
25% Hop
  • Carlos/Phil
2011
No Score Yet Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita)
  • Actor
2011
49% Love and Other Drugs
  • Dr. Stan Knight
2010
No Score Yet The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!
  • Actor
2010
15% Year One
  • Abraham
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Kahmunrah Abe Lincoln/The Thinker
2009
No Score Yet Immigrants
  • Joska
2008
80% Chicago 10
  • Abbie Hoffman
2008
48% Run Fatboy Run
  • Whit
2007
75% Happy Feet
  • Actor
2006
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Daniel Collins
2004
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Young Patches O'Houlihan
2004
25% Along Came Polly
  • Claude
2004
91% Shattered Glass
  • Michael Kelly
2003
14% Bark!
  • Sam
2002
100% Uprising
  • Mordechai Anielewicz
2001
32% America's Sweethearts
  • Hector
2001
No Score Yet 'The Simpsons': America's First Family
  • Actor
2000
100% Fail Safe
  • Professor Groeteschele
2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Marc Blitzstein
1999
71% Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Mitch Albom
1999
No Score Yet Bartok the Magnificent
  • Producer
  • Bartok
1999
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Charles Danner
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • The Blue Raja (Jeff)
1999
41% Celebrity
  • David
1998
16% Godzilla
  • Animal
1998
38% Great Expectations
  • Walter Plane
1998
47% Homegrown
  • Carter
1998
No Score Yet Magical Journey of Anastasia
  • Actor
1998
85% Anastasia
  • Bartok
1997
79% Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Steven Lardner
1997
79% The Birdcage
  • Agador
1996
86% Heat
  • Marciano
1995
24% Now and Then
  • Bud Kent
1995
96% Quiz Show
  • Albert Freedman
1994
61% Pretty Woman
  • Detective
1990
No Score Yet The Simpsons: Family Therapy
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Cool Blue
  • Buzz
1988
No Score Yet Frank Nitti: The Enforcer
  • Actor
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Actor
  • Voice
Brockmire
2017
  • Jim Brockmire
  • Executive Producer
Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Steve
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Free Agents (UK)
2011
  • Alex
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
35% Bordertown
2016
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
77% Ray Donovan
2013
  • James Cochran
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Policeman

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