Dan Castellaneta


December 6, 2021

Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta (Chicago, Illinois; October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, best known for being the English voice of Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Gardener Willie, and other characters. popular from the FOX animated series The Simpsons. [1]

Early years and education

Castellaneta was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School and Northern Illinois University. He grew up in southeast Oak Park in a modest home located on Humphrey Avenue. While in high school, he was part of Dick Trout's team, who would say, "Dan was funny but he played like a girl." After graduation, he worked on the show The Second City, which he later described as "a place that if you're not good, it turns you into a good comedian. If you were already good, it makes you even better." [1 ]


The Simpsons

In The Simpsons, Castellaneta voices Homer Simpson, Abraham "Grandpa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Willie, Mayor Joe Quimby, Hans Moleman, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, Kodos, Arnie Pie, Scott Christian, Squeaky Voiced Teen and Other Characters [1] For his work on the series, he has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for "Best Voice Acting." He also wrote episodes for the series with his wife, Deb Lacusta, and appeared as himself in the episodes I am Furious Yellow, Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife, and He Loves to Fly and He D'oh's. He appeared as a guest star on the American series L.A. Law, in an episode in which he was fired for inappropriate behavior at his work (which is to be disguised as Homer Simpson at a California theme park). The episode aired in 1992. Until 1998, Castellaneta received $ 30,000 per episode. Castellaneta and the other five main voice actors on The Simpsons were involved in a dispute over wages, in which Fox attempted to replace them with new actors. They even held audiences to get the new voices. However, the problem was quickly resolved and from 1998 to 2004, they received $ 125,000 per episode. In 2004, voice actors intentionally missed several recording sessions, demanding a salary of $ 360,000 per episode. [2] The strike ended a month later [3] and Castellaneta's salary was increased to $ 250,000 per episode. [4] Another negotiation in 2008 achieved a salary of $ 400,000 per episode. Also, Castellaneta began working as a producer on the series. [5]

Other works

Dan played Grandpa and the mentally unstable trucker known as "The Jolly-Olly Man" (among others) on the Nickelodeon series Hey Arnold !, to Jonathan on All Grown Up! (in addition to Rugrats), various characters from The Cat in the Hat, and "El Diablo Robot" in Futurama. In 1999 he played Nordom the anti-Modron in the computer game Planescape: Torment. Castellaneta voiced the main character in the animated series Earthworm Jim and was the narrator for the film Super Mario Bros. In 2005, he appeared on the series Arrested Development as Dr. Stein, an incompetent doctor who misdiagnoses Jason's character. Bateman (leaving his tools inside his body after surgery, causing him to exclaim "D'oh!") And in the movie The War of the Roses, in which he files for divorce early in the movie. She also appeared in episodes of Frasier, Friends, Reno 911 !, Scrubs, Married ... with Children (in the episode "The Dance Show," Castellaneta plays the partner of an attractive man that Peg danced with every night and ends cooking with Al), Yes, Dear, Reba, Everybody Loves Raymond, ALF, That '70s Show, and Stargate SG-1. He provided the voice for him in 2006 on the special The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour Hacien

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