Castellaneta in May 2002
Daniel Louis Castellaneta
October 29, 1957
|Education||Oak Park and River Forest High School|
|Alma mater||Northern Illinois University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter|
|Home town||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
Deb Lacusta (m. 1987)
|Parent(s)||Louis Castellaneta |
Daniel Louis Castellaneta ( // ; born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Castellaneta is best known for voicing Homer Simpson on the Fox Broadcasting Company animated series The Simpsons . His other roles on the show include Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman. Castellaneta also had roles in several other programs, including Futurama for Fox Broadcasting Company, Sibs and Darkwing Duck for ABC, The Adventures of Dynamo Duck for Fox Kids, Back to the Future: The Animated Series for CBS, Aladdin for Toon Disney, Taz-Mania for Warner Bros. Animation and in Hey Arnold! as Grandpa Phil for Nickelodeon. He also occasionally guest stars on shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother. He voiced both Arnold Wesker and his ventriloquist dummy "Scarface" using a voice sounding almost exactly like Krusty on The Batman "Kids' WB!", which aired from 2004 to 2008.
In 1999, he appeared in the Christmas special Olive, the Other Reindeer , and won an Annie Award for his portrayal of the Postman. Castellaneta released a comedy album I Am Not Homer , and wrote and starred in a one-person show titled Where Did Vincent van Gogh?.
Daniel Louis Castellaneta was born on October 29, 1957 at Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago's south side and was raised in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois.He is of Italian descent, born to Elsie (née Lagorio) and Louis Castellaneta. Louis Castellaneta was an amateur actor who worked for a printing company.
Castellaneta became adept at impressions at a young age and his mother enrolled him in an acting class when he was sixteen years old. He would listen to his father's comedy records and do impressions of the artists.He was a "devotee" of the works of many performers, including Alan Arkin and Barbara Harris and directors Mike Nichols and Elaine May. He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School and upon graduation, started attending Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the fall of 1975.
Castellaneta studied art education, with the goal of becoming an art teacher.He became a student teacher and would entertain his students with his impressions. Castellaneta was a regular participant in The Ron Petke and His Dead Uncle Show, a radio show at NIU. The show helped Castellaneta hone his skills as a voice-over actor. He recalled "We did parodies and sketches, we would double up on, so you learned to switch between voices. I got my feet wet doing voiceover. The show was just barely audible, but we didn't care. It was the fact that we got a chance to do it and write our own material." He took a play-writing class and auditioned for an improvisational show. A classmate first thought Castellaneta would "fall on his face with improvisation" but soon "was churning out material faster than [they] could make it work."
Castellaneta started acting after his graduation from Northern Illinois University in 1979. He decided that if his career went nowhere he would still have a chance to try something else.He began taking improvisation classes, where he met his future wife Deb Lacusta. He started to work at The Second City, an improvisational theatre in Chicago, in 1983 and continued to work there until 1987. During this period, he did voice-over work with his wife for various radio stations.
He auditioned for a role in The Tracey Ullman Show and his first meeting underwhelmed Tracey Ullman and the other producers. Ullman decided to fly to Chicago to watch Castellaneta perform. His performance that night was about a blind man who tries to become a comedian and Ullman later recalled that although there were flashier performances that night, Castellaneta made her cry. She was impressed and Castellaneta was hired.
Castellaneta is most famous for his role as Homer Simpson on the longest running animated television show The Simpsons . The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Castellaneta and fellow cast member Julie Kavner to voice Homer and Marge Simpson respectively, rather than hire more actors.Homer's voice began as a loose impression of Walter Matthau, but Castellaneta could not "get enough power behind that voice" and could not sustain his Matthau impression for the nine- to ten-hour long recording sessions.
He tried to find something easier, so he "dropped the voice down", and developed it into a more versatile and humorous voice during the second and third season of the half-hour show.Castellaneta's normal speaking voice has no similarity to Homer's. To perform Homer's voice, Castellaneta lowers his chin to his chest, and is said to "let his IQ go."
Castellaneta likes to stay in character during recording sessions,and tries to visualize a scene in his mind so that he can give the proper voice to it. Despite Homer's fame, Castellaneta claims he is rarely recognized in public, "except, maybe, by a die-hard fan."
Castellaneta also provides the voices for numerous other characters, including Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, Kodos, Arnie Pye, the Squeaky Voiced Teen and Gil Gunderson. Krusty's voice is based on Chicago television's Bob Bell, who had a very raspy voice and portrayed WGN-TV's Bozo the Clown from 1960 to 1984.Barney's trademark is a loud belch. During early recording sessions for the show, he recorded a new version of the belch for every episode but discovered that it was not easy for him to do it every time a script called for it. Castellaneta chose a recording of what he believed was his best belch and told the producers to make that the standard. Groundskeeper Willie's first appearance was in the season two episode "Principal Charming". The character was written as an angry janitor and Castellaneta was assigned to perform the voice. He did not know what voice to use and Sam Simon, who was directing at the time, suggested he use an accent.
Castellaneta first tried using Hispanic voicing, which Simon felt was too clichéd. He then tried a "big dumb Swede", which was also rejected. For his third try, he used the voice of a grumpy Scotsman, which was deemed appropriate enough and was used in the episode.The voice was based partially on Angus Crock, a kilt-wearing chef from the sketch comedy show Second City Television , who was portrayed by Dave Thomas. Mayor Quimby, who first appeared in "Bart Gets an F", is a parody of various members of the Kennedy family. The episode script did not call for Quimby to be a parody of them, and Castellaneta improvised the accent. Sideshow Mel's voice is Castellaneta's impression of Kelsey Grammer, the voice of Sideshow Bob. Gil is a spoof of actor Jack Lemmon's portrayal of Shelley Levene in the 1992 film adaptation of the play Glengarry Glen Ross . Show runner Mike Scully thought that Gil would be "a one-shot thing" but "Dan Castellaneta was so funny at the table read doing the character, we kept making up excuses in subsequent episodes to put him in." The Blue-Haired Lawyer's voice, as well as his demeanor, is based on lawyer Roy Cohn.
Castellaneta has won several awards for voicing Homer, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in 1992 for "Lisa's Pony", 1993 for "Mr. Plow",2004 for voicing several characters in "Today I Am a Clown", and 2009 for voicing Homer in "Father Knows Worst".
In 1993, Castellaneta was given a special Annie Award, "Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation", for his work as Homer on The Simpsons.
In 2004, Castellaneta and Julie Kavner (the voice of Marge) won a Young Artist Award for "Most Popular Mom & Dad in a TV Series". 's 2002 Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters, and in 2000, Homer and the rest of the Simpson family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.Homer was placed second on TV Guide
Until 1998, Castellaneta was paid $30,000 per episode.During a pay dispute in 1998, Fox threatened to replace the six main voice actors with new actors, going as far as preparing for casting of new voices. The dispute was soon resolved and he received $125,000 per episode until 2004 when the voice actors demanded that they be paid $360,000 an episode. The issue was resolved a month later, and Castellaneta earned $250,000 per episode.
After salary re-negotiations in 2008, the voice actors received approximately $400,000 per episode.Three years later, with Fox threatening to cancel the series unless production costs were cut, Castellaneta and the other cast members accepted a 25 percent pay cut, down to over $300,000 per episode.
In the early 1990s, Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta wrote a script for an episode in which Barney becomes sober. They pitched their idea to showrunner Al Jean. Jean liked the story, but turned it down because he felt that it was too similar to "Duffless", an episode that the writers were already working on. They waited several years and offered their script, which they updated, to then-show runner Mike Scully, who liked it and had them make a few changes.Their script became the eleventh season episode "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses", which first aired April 9, 2000. Castellaneta and his wife have also written the episodes "Gump Roast", "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore", and "The Fight Before Christmas". In 2007, they were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore". Castellaneta is also credited as a consulting producer.
Castellaneta has been a regular cast member in several other television series. In 1991, he played Warren Morris in the short-lived ABC live-action sitcom Sibs .Heide Perlman, creator of Sibs, wrote the part with Castellaneta in mind.
He provided the voice of the eponymous character in The Adventures of Dynamo Duck , Megavolt in Darkwing Duck , "Doc" Emmett Brown in Back to the Future: The Animated Series ,the lead character in Earthworm Jim and several characters, including Grandpa Phil and the Jolly Olly Man, the mentally unstable ice cream truck driver, on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! . He guest starred as The Robot Devil in five episodes of Futurama , as well as the film The Beast with a Billion Backs .
Castellaneta has also made guest appearances in a number of television series episodes. In 1992, he guest-starred in an episode of the legal drama L.A. Law , as a Homer Simpson meetable character at a California amusement park who is dismissed for inappropriate behavior while in costume.In 2005, he appeared in the episode "Sword of Destiny" in Arrested Development as Dr. Stein, a deadpan incompetent doctor.
In 2005, Castellaneta guest-starred as Joe Spencer in the Stargate SG-1 season eight episode "Citizen Joe".He also appeared in episodes of ALF , Campus Ladies , Castle , Entourage , Everybody Loves Raymond , Frasier , Friends , Greek , How I Met Your Mother , Mad About You , Married... with Children , Murphy Brown , NYPD Blue , Parks and Recreation , Reba , Reno 911! , That '70s Show , Veronica Mars , Hot in Cleveland , Yes, Dear , and Desperate Housewives .
He appeared as the Genie in the Aladdin sequel The Return of Jafar and on the 1994 Aladdin television series. The Genie had been voiced by Robin Williams in Aladdin, and Castellaneta described replacing him as "sort of like stepping into Hamlet after Laurence Olivier did it, how can you win?" He also provided Genie's voice in the Kingdom Hearts video game seriesfor both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II (with archived audio used for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and its remake as well as for the later HD collections Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix ). Castellaneta portrayed Aaron Spelling in the 2004 NBC film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels, which followed the true story of how Spelling created the show. Other films in which Castellaneta has appeared include Nothing in Common , Say Anything... , Super Mario Bros. , The Client , Space Jam , My Giant , The Simpsons Movie , Rugrats in Paris: The Movie , Recess: School's Out , Hey Arnold!: The Movie , The Cat in the Hat and The Pursuit of Happyness .
In 2000, he won an Annie Award for his portrayal of the Postman in the animated Christmas television special Olive, the Other Reindeer .In 2006, he appeared in Jeff Garlin's independent film I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With along with several other Second City alumni.
On February 22, 2000, his first music CD Two Lips was published.It was followed on April 23, 2002 by his first comedy CD, I Am Not Homer , in which he and his wife perform several comedy skits. The majority of the sketches had been written and performed before the CD was recorded, and Castellaneta thought that it would be a good idea to preserve them "since [he and Lacusta] don't perform them much anymore."
Some came from their sketch series on a local radio station in Chicago and had to be lengthened from the "two-minute bits" that they were originally, while several others were stage sketches performed in a comedy club in Santa Monica.Additionally, "Citizen Kane", a sketch in which two people discuss the film Citizen Kane with different meanings, was something the pair had performed at an art gallery. Castellaneta noted that "we already knew that these skits were funny, [but] some of them we polished and tightened." The skits were principally written by improvising from a basic point, transcribing the results and then editing them to the finished scene. Castellaneta chose the title I Am Not Homer as a parody of Leonard Nimoy's famous first autobiography I Am Not Spock , as well as to show that most of the comedy featured "is not the typical Homer comedy."
Alongside his television and film work, Castellaneta has appeared in a number of theatrical productions. In 1992, he starred in Deb & Dan's Show alongside his wife.In 1995, Castellaneta started writing Where Did Vincent van Gogh?, a one man play in which he portrays a dozen different characters, including artist Vincent van Gogh. He first officially performed the play at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles in 1999. In 2007, he appeared in The Bicycle Men at King's Head Theatre in London.
Castellaneta hosted the final of New York comedy show Thrills and Spills on December 31, 2015. The final was held in Montgomery, Alabama.[ citation needed ]
Castellaneta and his wife Deb Lacusta divide their time between Los Angeles, California and Santa Barbara, California.The couple first met at an improvisational comedy class in Chicago, Illinois. Unlike his Homer character, he is a vegetarian, teetotaler and exercises regularly. He practices Tai chi.
His mother, Elsie Castellaneta, died in January 2008, aged 81.His father, Louis, died at age 99 on August 15, 2014; both had episodes of The Simpsons dedicated to their memories.
|Two Lips||February 2000||Oglio Records||All-music comedy album|
|I Am Not Homer||April 23, 2002||Oglio Records||Comedy album released with Deb Lacusta|
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|1992||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson, Grampa, various others||The Simpsons : "Lisa's Pony"||Won|
|1993||Annie Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation||Various characters||The Simpsons||Won|
|1993||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons : "Mr. Plow"||Won|
|2000||Annie Award||Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer in a Television Series||The Postman||Olive, the Other Reindeer||Won|
|2004||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Various characters||The Simpsons : "Today I Am A Clown"||Won|
|2004||Young Artist Award||Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons||Won|
|2007||WGA Award||Animation||The Simpsons||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons : "Father Knows Worst"||Won|
|2010||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson||The Simpsons : "Thursdays with Abie"||Nominated|
|2011||Emmy Award||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Louie||The Simpsons : "Donnie Fatso"||Nominated|
|2015||Emmy Award||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||Homer Simpson||The Simpsons : "Bart's New Friend"||Nominated|
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