Happy 50th birthday, Homer Simpson!
D’oh! We meant the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, an incredibly talented actor in his own right. Besides voicing Homer (and Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, and Kodos) he’s also voiced the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin tv series, Scarface and the Ventriloquist in the Batman animated series, Doc Brown in the Back To The Future animated series, and even portrayed Harvey Pekar in a stage version of American Splendor.
He even played Homer Simpson in an episode of LA Law.
A happy birthday to the man who now co-holds the record for the longest running portrayal of a fictional character on prime-time American television. He has portrayed Homer Simpson on The Tracey Ullman Show and The Simpsons from 1987 onwards, beating the twenty-year record held by James Arness for Gunsmoke and Kelsey Grammer for Frasier Crane.