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Daniel Louis Castellaneta
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Dan Castellaneta Fast Facts:
Joined Chicago's acclaimed Second City comedy troupe after graduating from college and remained a member until 1987.
Met his wife, writer-actor Deb Lacusta, in a Second City improv class; they went on to collaborate on many projects, including their own Chicago radio show.
Made his big-screen acting debut in the 1986 comedy
Nothing in Common
, which was followed by a bit part in the 1989 romantic-comedy classic
Has said the original vocal inspiration for Homer Simpson—back when
was an animated short on
The Tracey Ullman Show
—was actor Walter Matthau; Homer's signature "D'oh!" was adapted from Scottish actor James Finlayson, who appeared in Laurel and Hardy movies.
In the late '90s, wrote the comedy play
A Purple Dawn
, which went on to be produced on some college campuses.
, an album of Beatles-style pop-rock, in 2000; it was followed in 2002 by
I Am Not Homer
, a comedy cowritten by and featuring his wife, Deb.
Lends his voice to a multitude of other characters on
, including Grandpa Simpson; Krusty the Clown; Groundskeeper Willie; Barney Gumble; Mayor Quimby; and Sideshow Mel.
Is a vegetarian.
Dan Castellaneta Relationships:
Deb Lacusta - Wife
Dan Castellaneta Awards:
1992 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Winner
1993 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Winner
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Winner
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Nominee
2009 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Winner
2011 Emmy: Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Nominee
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (BA in Art Education, 1979)
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