BIO: Harry Shearer

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By Jason Matthews

The voice of many of FOX's Emmy Award-winning series THE SIMPSONS, Harry Shearer gives life to some of Springfield’s more colorful characters: Mr. Burns, Flanders, Principal Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy and Otto.

To date, Shearer’s unique talent has produced an inimitable and irreverent body of work in every major entertainment genre. Most recently he wrote and directed the feature Teddy Bears’ Picnic. In addition, he is co-creator and co-star of the legendary “rockdocumentary,” This Is Spinal Tap, as well as a former writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and the late-night talk show spoof Fernwood 2 Night. He has been a commentator on ABC’s World News Tonight, a writer for the e-zine Slate and a columnist for Los Angeles Times Magazine. His critically acclaimed radio program Le Show, a Sheareresque mix of news, parody, poignancy, trenchant sketches and music, is in its 17th year.

Shearer’s acting credits include guest star appearances on ER, Chicago Hope, Miami Vice, Friends, and Murphy Brown. Feature film work includes Godzilla, The Truman Show and EdTV. In addition, Shearer reunited with Spinal Tap actors Michael McKean and Christopher Guest to lend their voice talents to DreamWorks Small Soldiers.

His early television and film credits include The Jack Benny Program, Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, and the biblical drama, The Robe. In addition, he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the coveted role of Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave It To Beaver.

Other media avenues of Shearer include his recorded two-CD compilation entitled O.J. On Trial, and a multi-media exhibit of public figures captured on satellite entitled, Wall of Silence. His foray into the book publishing world produced a collection of essays, Man Bites Town, Shearer’s observations on a broad spectrum of subjects including presidential libraries, network news anchors, nationwide polls, and celebrities. He also released the book-length essay on the Clintons, “It’s The Stupidity, Stupid.”

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