Voice of Homer Simpson, Krusty, Barney
Castellaneta's writing credits include The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons Comic Books and seven episodes of The Simpsons, one of which was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. He directed and co-wrote Pieces of Eight at the Alliance Repertory Theater. His play, A Purple Dawn, premiered at Geneva College in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Along with his wife, he founded the improv scenario group Instant Theatre in Chicago, where they wrote, directed and performed comedic one-act plays.
Voice of Marge Simpson, Patty, Selma
Two years out of college, Kavner began her professional career playing the sardonic "Brenda Morgenstern" on the TV series Rhoda. With her wry, sarcastic delivery and her raspy, unique voice, Kavner has carved a niche as a likeable sidekick. She has made a career out of playing scrappy underdogs, working women and supportive wives in such films asBad Medicine, Surrender, I'll Do Anything and Awakenings; and in the TV movies No Other Love, Revenge of the Stepford Wives and Neil Simon's Jake's Women. A Woody Allen regular, Kavner has appeared in seven of his films, including Hannah and Her Sisters and Alice. She is the only actress to have played Allen's mother (Radio Days), his girlfriend (New York Stories), his fiancÃ©e (Shadows and Fog) and his wife (Don't Drink the Water). Her other film credits include Forget Paris, Dr. Doolittle, The Lion King 1Â½ and Click. In 2007, Kavner starred in the feature film The Simpsons Movie.
Voice of Bart Simpson, Nelson
Emmy® Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of "Bart Simpson," but she also voices "Ralph Wiggum," "Nelson Muntz," "Todd Flanders" and various other residents of Springfield. In addition to her work on The Simpsons, Cartwright voices "Rufus the Naked Mole Rat" on the animated series Kim Possible and "Todd Daring" on The Replacements. With more than two decades of voice-over experience, Cartwright has voiced various other animated series, including Rugrats, Richie Rich, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, The Critic, God, the Devil and Bob, Mike, Lu & Og and Chuck Jones' Timberwolf. Cartwright has had numerous roles in films and television series, including Fame, Empty Nest, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Godzilla, Marian Rose White and The Simpsons Movie.
Voice of Lisa Simpson
Yeardley Smith is an Emmy® Award-winning actress, playwright, author and shoe designer. She is perhaps best known for her work as the voice of "Lisa Simpson" on FOX's hit television series, The Simpsons. Other television credits include Murphy Brown, Herman's Head, Dharma & Greg and The Big Bang Theory. Her novel, I, Lorelei, was published to critical acclaim by Harper Collins in 2009. She appeared in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, and also can be seen in the cast of the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre. Her shoe line, Marchez Vous, is available in stores and online.
Voice of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum
Emmy® Award winner Hank Azaria provides multiple voices on The Simpsons, including "Moe," "Apu," "Police Chief Wiggum," "Professor Frink," "Dr. Nick Riviera" and "Comic Book Guy." Azaria's film credits include Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, Run, Fatboy, Run, The Simpsons Movie, America's Sweethearts, Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, David E. Kelley's Mystery, Alaska, Mystery Men, Godzilla, Homegrown, Great Expectations, Woody Allen's Celebrity and The Smurfs.
Voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders
On the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, Harry Shearer gives life to some of Springfield's most colorful characters: "Mr. Burns," "Flanders," "Principal Skinner," "Reverend Lovejoy" and "Otto." Shearer has worked as an actor, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multimedia artist and record-label owner. In October, 2006 he released his first novel, Not Enough Indians. He also wrote the essays It's the Stupidity, Stupid and Man Bites Town. Shearer has been a commentator on World News Now and a writer for Slate.com, as well as a columnist forLos Angeles Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. His critically acclaimed radio program, Le Show, is heard weekly on stations worldwide.
Now the longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country more than 20 years ago as it poked fun at itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members have become television icons.
The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta) works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; MARGE (Julie Kavner) tries to keep the peace in her family; BART (Nancy Cartwright) is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old LISA (Yeardley Smith) is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby MAGGIE conveys emotions via pacifier sucks.