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Hank Azaria Biography

Birth Name:
Henry Albert Azaria
Birth Place:
Forest Hills, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • First voice he provided for The Simpsons, Moe the bartender, was inspired by Al Pacino's character in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Made his film debut as a cop in the blockbuster Pretty Woman (1990)
  • Nominated for a 1997 SAG Award for his role as the gay houseboy in The Birdcage (1996), a part he based partially on his grandmother Esther
  • Befriended Oliver Platt when both were students at Tufts University; the two co-starred as onscreen pals in the Showtime drama series Huff (2004-06)
  • Made his Broadway debut in the 2005 musical Monty Python's Spamalot and earned a Tony nomination for his performance
  • Has worked with Ben Stiller on comedy films including Mystery Men (1999), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Along Came Polly (2004), and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)


  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor in a Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: winner


  • Albert Azaria -- Father
  • Ruth Altcheck -- Mother
  • Katie Wright -- Significant Other
  • Elise Azaria -- Sister
  • Stephanie Azaria -- Sister
  • Hal -- Son
  • Hal Azaria -- Son
  • Katie Wright -- Wife