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Harry Shearer is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Executive producer and Sound American born on 23 december 1943 at Los Angeles (USA)

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer
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Birth name Harry Julius Shearer
Nationality USA
Birth 23 december 1943 (80 years) at Los Angeles (USA)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice actor, musician, author, radio host, director and producer. He is known for his long-running roles on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood.

From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985, just three months into the season. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show airing on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW until April, 2013, then on Northridge's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCSN. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States.

In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He was initially reluctant because he thought the recording sessions would be too much trouble. He felt voice acting was "not a lot of fun" because traditionally, voice actors record their parts separately. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst."

Shearer directed the 2002 film Teddy Bears' Picnic and appeared in several films, including A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, The Simpsons Movie, The Truman Show, and Godzilla among many others. Shearer has written three books: Man Bites Town; It's the Stupidity, Stupid; and Not Enough Indians. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. On August 16, 2014, Shearer earned his first Primetime Emmy Award for his voice-over work on The Simpsons. He has also received several other Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominations. In 2008, it was announced that Shearer would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category.

He is currently "artist in residence" at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Biography

Shearer married Penelope Nichols in 1974. They divorced in 1977. He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. In 2005, the couple launched their own record label called Courgette Records. Shearer has homes in Santa Monica, California, the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and London. He first went to New Orleans in 1988 and has attended every edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since.

Shearer often speaks and writes about the failure of the Federal levee system which flooded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, belittling the coverage of it in the mainstream media and criticizing the role of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to the DVD release of his film, The Big Uneasy, Shearer would hold screenings of the film at different venues and take questions from audience members.

Best films

The Simpsons Movie (2007)
(Actor)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
(Actor)

Usually with

Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
(3 films)
Fred Willard
Fred Willard
(9 films)
Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
(5 films)
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Filmography of Harry Shearer (56 films)

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Actor

Father Figures
Directed by Lawrence Sher
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Ving Rhames, Glenn Close
Roles Gene
Rating55% 2.754312.754312.754312.754312.75431
Deux frères découvrent que leur mère a menti sur leur père : il est bien vivant. Ils partent alors à sa recherche...
Father Figures, 1h53
Directed by Lawrence Sher
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Ving Rhames, Glenn Close
Roles Gene
Rating55% 2.754512.754512.754512.754512.75451
Kyle et Peter Reynolds sont deux frères inséparables élevés par leur mère excentrique depuis la mort de leur père. Un jour, elle leur apprend qu'elle leur a menti et que leur père est toujours vivant. Trahi par le mensonge de leur mère, Peter et Kyle décident de le rechercher. Leur quête leur permettra non seulement de rencontrer peut-être leur vrai père, parmi plusieurs prétendants, mais aussi de mieux connaître leur propre mère.
Mascots
Mascots (2016)

Directed by Christopher Guest
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Zach Woods, Sarah Baker, Parker Posey, Jim Piddock, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Hitchcock
Roles Competition Announcer (voice)
Rating57% 2.896442.896442.896442.896442.89644
Grosses têtes et combinaisons en fourrure ! Les concurrents entrent en lice pour le titre de Meilleure mascotte du monde dans cette comédie décalée de Christopher Guest.
Mascots
Mascots (2016)
, 1h29
Directed by Christopher Guest
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Zach Woods, Sarah Baker, Parker Posey, Jim Piddock, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Hitchcock
Roles Competition Announcer (voice)
Rating57% 2.896442.896442.896442.896442.89644
Plongée dans le monde des concours de mascottes sportives.
My Suicide
My Suicide (2009)
, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Brooke Nevin, David Carradine, Nora Dunn, Harry Shearer, Mariel Hemingway, Joe Mantegna
Roles Caress Moscowitz
Rating69% 3.4913853.4913853.4913853.4913853.491385
Socially inept media geek Archie Williams becomes the most visible kid in school when he announces he's going to kill himself on camera for his final video class project.
The Simpsons Movie, 1h27
Directed by David Silverman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Environmental films, Films about families, Politique, Children's films, White House in fiction
Actors Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
Roles Scratchy / Mr. Burns / Rev. Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Skull / President Arnold Schwarzenegger / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Smithers / Toll Booth Man / Guard / Otto / Kang (voice)
Rating72% 3.64673.64673.64673.64673.6467
The film follows the plot of the TV series The Simpsons, focusing on the Simpson family of Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), his wife Marge (Julie Kavner), and children Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Maggie, and the town of Springfield.
For Your Consideration, 1h26
Directed by Christopher Guest
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Documentary
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Stephen Rannazzisi, Eugene Levy, John Michael Higgins
Roles Victor Allan Miller
Rating62% 3.1474953.1474953.1474953.1474953.147495
Character actress Marilyn Hack (O'Hara), despite having been in the industry for 30 years, is best known for playing a blind prostitute in a film from the late 1980s. Victor Allen Miller (Shearer) is also an acting veteran who is known to the public as the hot-dog wearing mascot for a kosher line of frankfurters. Together they are cast in a new low-budget film called Home for Purim as the patriarch and dying matriarch of a Southern U.S. Jewish family in the 1940s.
Chicken Little, 1h17
Directed by Mark L. Dindal
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about pigs, Films about birds, Musical films, Children's films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Amy Sedaris, Mark Walton
Roles Dog Announcer (voice)
Rating57% 2.8536652.8536652.8536652.8536652.853665
In the small town of Oakey Oaks, Chicken Little rings the school bell and warns everyone to run for their lives, allowing the whole town into a frenzied panic with much damage ensuing. Eventually, the Head of the Fire Department calms down enough to ask him what's going on and Little explains that a piece of the sky shaped like a stop sign had fallen on his head when he was sitting under the big oak tree in the town square; however, he is unable to find it. His father, Buck Cluck, assumes that this "piece of sky" was just an acorn that had fallen off the tree and had hit him on the head, making Little the laughing stock of the town.
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, 1h43
Directed by Randall Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Robert Carlyle, John Goodman, Sean Astin, Mary Steenburgen, Marisa Tomei, Donnie Wahlberg
Roles Promo Announcer
Rating64% 3.24363.24363.24363.24363.2436
Frank Keane (Robert Carlyle) is a baker grieving his wife's recent death and living in a near catatonic state. Frank happens upon a car accident and meets the loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills (John Goodman). Steve is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena to meet a childhood friend and asks Frank to go in his place. Frank goes in search of Steve's friend and arrives at a ballroom dance class. As the film progresses the story moves back and forth through the timeline of Steve's childhood, the accident scene, and the aftermath of Frank's first Lindy hop.
A Mighty Wind, 1h31
Directed by Christopher Guest
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Bob Balaban, Catherine O'Hara, Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean, Larry Miller, Harry Shearer
Roles Mark Shubb
Rating71% 3.5979953.5979953.5979953.5979953.597995
The film is structured as mockumentary about a memorial concert for (fictional) folk music producer Irving Steinbloom. Upon his death, his children organize a concert, which they hope to feature his three most famous acts: The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey.
Teddy Bears' Picnic, 1h20
Directed by Harry Shearer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors John Michael Higgins, Ming-Na Wen, Henry Gibson, Peter Marshall, David Rasche, Brenda Strong
Roles Joey Lavin
Rating39% 1.9752051.9752051.9752051.9752051.975205
Teddy Bears' Picnic covers an annual encampment of prominent male leaders at the Zambezi Glen, a thinly-veiled reference to the Bohemian Grove.
Haiku Tunnel, 1h28
Directed by Josh Kornbluth
Genres Comedy
Actors Josh Kornbluth, Harry Shearer
Roles Orientation Instructor
Rating61% 3.0502453.0502453.0502453.0502453.050245
Josh is the consummate temp employee, avoiding all long-term connections and responsibilities, both at work and in his personal life. However, by the time his agency places him at the Schuyler & Mitchell law firm, Josh is tired of his temporary life and agrees to take a permanent position at the firm. Josh has difficulty adapting to his new lifestyle, which manifests in his inability to complete his simple initial task: mailing seventeen important letters.