Hank Azaria Biography
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Henry Albert
Born in: Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States
Famous as: Actor
father: Albert Azaria
mother: Ruth (Altcheck)
City: New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Henry Albert Azaria, popularly known as Hank Azaria, is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor as well as a producer. He is best known for his work in the popular animated TV comedy series ‘The Simpsons’ which has been running for nearly thirty years. Created by Matt Groening, it is a hugely successful series known for its satirical depiction of working class life and its parodies of American culture and society. Other than his work in the series, Azaria is also known for his work in several successful films such as ‘Godzilla’, ‘Run Fatboy Run’, and ‘The Smurfs’. He played a significant supporting role in the American comedy series ‘Mad About You’ as well. He played the lead role in the American comedy series ‘Huff’, which aired for two seasons. His work in television has earned him much acclaim and won him six Emmy Awards. He directed and produced a short film named ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. The film also starred him in the lead role. Apart from acting, he is also known as a poker player. He has appeared twice on the well known American game show ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’.
- Henry Albert Azaria was born in Queens, New York City, in the United States on 25th April 1964. He is the son of Eastern Sephardic Jewish parents Ruth and Albert Azaria.
- His father ran several dress manufacturing businesses. His mother was a homemaker who raised Azaria along with his two sisters. Before her marriage, she used to be a publicist for Columbia pictures.
- Azaria attended the Kew-Forest School, which was located in Forest Hills. It was at the age of sixteen that he made the decision to become an actor, after taking part in a school play.
- Later he attended Tufts University where he studied drama. During this time, he became friends with actor Oliver Platt, and they took part in several productions such as ‘The Merchant of Venice’, the famous play by Shakespeare.
- Azaria also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. However, he wasn’t confident about his acting skills, and though he made the decision to be a professional actor, he didn’t expect much success. Still, he didn’t want to regret having never tried.
- Along with Platt, Hank Azaria set up his own company named Big Theatre. However, they performed only one play, which was ‘The Dumb Waiter’ by Harold Pinter. Later, he realized that a career in TV would provide more opportunities, and so he moved to Los Angeles.
- He made his TV debut in an episode of the American comedy drama series ‘Joe Bash’, which was created by Danny Arnold. However, his role was edited out before the show was broadcast.
- He next appeared in the TV film ‘Nitti: The Enforcer’. Later he appeared in an episode of the comedy series ‘Family Ties’ as well in an episode of ‘Growing Pains’. During this time, he also worked as a standup comedian and a bartender for a catering firm.
- In 1989, he began working in the animated TV series ‘The Simpsons’, for which he started earning much popularity and acclaim. The show focused on an American family living in a fictional town named Springfield. The series was meant to be a parody of the American society and culture. Azaria voiced several characters, such as the town bartender Moe Szyslak and the Bumblebee man.
- Azaria has been working on the show since 1989, and it has proved to be one of the most important and successful works of his career. His performance in the show has won him four Emmy Awards.
- His success in ‘The Simpsons’ earned him several other significant roles. He played a main role in ‘Herman’s Head’, an American comedy which aired from September 1991. Created by Andy Guerdat and Steve Kreinberg, the show ran for three seasons.
- He also played a supporting role in the American comedy series ‘Friends’ which aired from 1994 to 2004. He voiced Eddie Brock/Venom in a few episodes of ‘Spiderman- The Animated Series’, which aired from 1994.
- He made his film debut in the 1990 American romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman’. Directed by Gary Marshall, the film was a huge commercial hit.
- He played important roles in several films over the years, such as ‘Now and Then’ (1995), ‘Anastasia’ (1997), ‘Great Expectations’ (1998), ‘America’s Sweethearts’ (2001), ‘Shattered Glass’ (2003), ‘The Simpsons Movie’ (2007), ‘Run Fatboy Run’ (2007) and ‘Love and Other Drugs’ (2010).
- Other significant television works by Azaria include his role in the American comedy series ‘Huff’, where he played the lead role. The show aired from 2004 to 2006, covering two seasons. He also played the lead role in another TV series ‘Free Agents’, which aired in 2011.
- Hank Azaria is also known for his role in the popular animated comedy film ‘The Smurfs’ as well as its sequel ‘The Smurfs 2’, released in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Based on the comic book series of the same name, both the films were huge hits.
- Since April 2017, he has been playing the lead role of Jim Brockmire in the American TV comedy series ‘Brockmire’.
- Hank Azaria’s work in the popular American comedy series ‘The Simpsons’ can be regarded as the most significant work of his career. Created by Matt Groening, it has been airing since 1989. The series, which is about the Simpsons family living in the fictional American town of Springfield, is meant to parody American culture and society. The show earned huge popularity worldwide and has received numerous awards. Azaria has received a total of four Emmy Awards for his work in the series.
- Azaria played a lead role in the TV series ‘Huff’, which started airing from 2004. He played the role of a psychiatrist whose life takes a turn after a young client commits suicide in his office. Created by Bow Lowry, the show also included actors Paget Brewster, Anton Yelchin, Andy Comeau, Kimberly Brooks and Faith Prince.
- Hank Azaria played a supporting role in the famous 1998 monster film ‘Godzilla’. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the cast also included actors Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo and Kevin Dunn. The film was a commercial success and also received several awards. However, it was met with negative reviews from critics. As a continuation of the film, an animated series was released later, which aired on Fox network.
- He is also known for his work in the animated comedy movie ‘The Smurfs’. Directed by Raja Gosnell, the film was based on a comic book series of the same name. The film was released in June 2011, and was a huge commercial success. A sequel ‘The Smurfs 2’ was released in 2013.
- Hank Azaria has won a total of six Emmy Awards in his career. He won four of them for his work in ‘The Simpsons’ and the other two for his work in the TV shows ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ respectively.
- Other awards won by him include the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’, and the ‘Annie Award’.
- Hank Azaria used to date actress Julie Warner in the early 1990s. Later he started dating actress Helen Hunt whom he eventually married. However the marriage ended within a year after Hunt filed for divorce.
- In 2007, he married actress Katie Wright. They had a son named Hal in 2009.
Hank Azaria Movies
1. Heat (1995)
(Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action)
2. Quiz Show (1994)
(History, Drama, Biography)
3. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
(Action, Crime, Comedy, Thriller, Romance)
4. Shattered Glass (2003)
5. Pretty Woman (1990)
6. The Birdcage (1996)
7. Cradle Will Rock (1999)
8. Great Expectations (1998)
|2016||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Ray Donovan (2013)|
|2015||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||The Simpsons (1989)|
|2003||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||The Simpsons (1989)|
|2001||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||The Simpsons (1989)|
|2000||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)|
|1998||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||The Simpsons (1989)|
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