Date of Birth: 25 April 1964
Hank Azaria biography:
Engaged to Helen Hunt in 1997. Was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Was a bartender in New York at the Arcadia. Attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, from 1981-1985, but did not receive his B.A. until he completed two courses in L.A. in 1987. Tufts awarded him its Light on the Hill Award in 1999. A favorite of playwright Jenelle Riley; characters in her shows are frequently hybrids of his name with his "The Simpsons" (1989) characters (e.g. Hank Wiggum). The lead character in her award-winning film The Perfect Candidate (2004) is named Frank Grimes, after "Homer's Enemy". Both sets of his grandparents came from Salonika in northern Greece. Based the voice of Moe the bartender ("The Simpsons" (1989)) on actor Al Pacino. His family is of Sephardic Jewish background. He based his character in The Birdcage (1996) (a flamboyantly, almost over-exaggeratedly feminine homosexual house servant) on his grandmother, in particular his character's speech. Spent over $300,000 of his own money to make his short film Nobody's Perfect (2004). Based the voice of Lou the Cop (in "The Simpsons" (1989)) on actor Sylvester Stallone. Based the voice of Chief Wiggum (in "The Simpsons" (1989)) on actor Edward G. Robinson. Based the voice of Apu (in "The Simpsons" (1989)) on the "standard" 7-11 employee and on Peter Sellers' character Hrundi V. Bakshi in The Party (1968). Based the voice of Comic Book Guy (in "The Simpsons" (1989)) on his college roommate. Appeared in two films in 1999 with the word "Mystery" in the title: Mystery, Alaska (1999) and Mystery Men (1999). Based the voice of quack Dr. Nick Rivera (in "The Simpsons" (1989)) on actor Desi Arnaz. He and his ex-wife Helen Hunt have both guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episode. Paget Brewster, who plays his wife on "Huff" (2004), also had a recurring role on "Friends" (1994). Attended college with Oliver Platt; attended acting school with Sharon Stone. He is close friends with actor Matthew Perry. Had a son, Hal Azaria, on June 6, 2009 with girlfriend Katie Wright. Was a camper at the real life Camp Towanda, where the movie Wet Hot American Summer (2001) was filmed.