Harry Shearer

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Harry Shearer

Shearer giving a speech in August 2009
Born Harry Julius Shearer
December 23, 1943 (1943-12-23) (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host
Years active 1953–present
Notable works Ned Flanders, Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Seymour Skinner in The Simpsons
Derek Smalls in This is Spinal Tap
Science Vessel in Starcraft
Spouse Penny Nichols (1974–1977)
Judith Owen (1993–present)

Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943, in Los Angeles, California) is an American comedic actor and writer. Shearer is famous for playing the voices of several minor characters for The Simpsons (1989 to present).

Shearer was a child actor. He acted on the Jack Benny radio program.[1]

Shearer was a member of the Credibility Gap comedy group. The radio stations KRLA and later KPPC broadcast the Credibility Gap.[2] He performed on the Pop Chronicles music documentary.[3][4]

Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls in the 1984 comedy movie This is Spinal Tap. Rob Reiner directed this movie.[5]

Shearer speaks the voices for many characters on The Simpsons cartoon. Some of the characters he plays are Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, and Ned Flanders.[6]

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