Hank Azaria


Hank Azaria Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2016, Hank won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series playing Ed Cochran on Ray Donovan.

    • In 2015, Hank won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance playing Moe Szyslak and Pedicab Driver on The Simpsons: The Princess Guide.

    • Although he was enjoying working on FOX's "Herman's Head" show at first, he eventually grew to dislike it as he found the jokes and plot-lines very bad and was relieved when it was finally cancelled.

    • Hank has been nominated for 4 SAG Awards. In 1997, he was nominated for two awards for his film The Birdcage. He was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role". He won for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast". In 2000, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie" for Tuesdays With Morrie. In 2005, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" for Huff.

    • Hank has been nominated for 7 Emmy Awards. In 2005, he was nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" for Huff. In 2015, 2003, 2001, and 1998 he won the Emmy for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" for The Simpsons. Also in 2003, he was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for Friends. In 2000, he won for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a miniseries or Movie" for Tuesdays With Morrie. In 1998, he was nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for Mad About You.

    • In a news interview, Azaria admitted that, during his performances of Spamalot, he had a hard time holding in laughter on stage throughout the show. His secret was to carry keys in his costume and painfully jab himself (unnoticeable to the audience) to stop from breaking character mid-performance. "It really hurts..." he jokes in the interview.

    • Hank Azaria shares his birthday with actor Al Pacino and actress Renée Zellweger.

    • Hank Azaria auditioned to play comedian Andy Kaufman in the Man on the Moon, but was turned down.

    • Hank Azaria has starred in more than 300 episodes of the show the Simpsons.

    • Hank is best known for his numerous appearances on The Simpsons, in which he has voiced more than 160 characters.

    • Hank was in the music video for Smash Mouth's song "All Star".

    • Hank Azaria starred in the movie "Mystery Men" as The Blue Raja/Jeff.

    • At one point, Hank was a bartender in New York at the Arcadia.

    • Hank Azaria is approximately 6 feet tall.

    • Hank based his character in the 1996 film The Birdcage on his grandmother, in particular his character's speech.

    • His family is of Sephardic Jewish ethnicity.

    • His grandparents on both his mothers side, as well as his fathers side, came from Salonika in Northern Greece.

    • Hank attended acting school with Sharon Stone at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

    • He went to the same college as Oliver Platt, who would later become his costar on Huff.

    • Azaria spent over $300,000 of his own money to make his 2004 short film Nobody's Perfect.

    • In 2005, Hank was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Spamalot.

    • Azaria says he based Moe Szyslak's voice on Al Pacino, who has the same birthday as Azaria. Chief Wiggum is based on Edward G. Robinson, Dr. Nick Riviera is "a bad Ricky Ricardo impression", and Officer Lou sounds like Sylvester Stallone. He based the voice of Apu on the "standard" 7-11 employee and on Peter Sellers character Hrundi V. Bakshi in the 1968 film, The Party.

    • Hank guest-starred on Futurama, Matt Groening's other animated FOX series, as Dr. Zoidberg's uncle, Harold Zoid.

    • Hank was only 22 years old when he auditioned for Moe Szyslak on The Simpsons.

    • Hank was the longtime boyfriend of Helen Hunt.

    • His salary for The Simpsons was $100,000 per episode as of the 2002 Season.

    • A favorite of playwright Jenelle Riley, characters in her shows are frequently hybrids of his name with his "Simpsons" characters (i.e., Moe Azaria and Hank Wiggum). Even the main character in her award-winning 2004 film The Perfect Candidate is named Frank Grimes, after "Homer's Enemy."

    • He was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

    • He appeared in Godzilla along with Harry Shearer and Nancy Cartwright who are also main voices of The Simpsons.

    • He is a very good friend of Matthew Perry, who is well known for Friends. Hank made several guest appearances on the show as David.

  • Quotes

    • Hank Azaria: Most of my 'Simpsons' voices are either good or bad impressions of people. I'm a mimic at heart. I become an actor, as the result, because I really just wanted to be other people. When I was your guys' age, I had a belief that who I was and how I thought and how I felt was inherently uninteresting and flawed and not practical. But it wasn't until I embraced the person that I really was that my work as an actor got really interesting.

      Life is like the Star Wars movies. Some of it is great. Some of it sucks. But you have no choice but to sit through all of it – very similar to the commencement speech you are listening to now.

    • Hank Azaria: The first two months I imagined Godzilla ... Then I got bored of that and I imagined different things. What if my agent was that big? What if my dog was that big?

    • Hank Azaria: It's not really difficult to go from one voice into the next. It's like asking you to sing a line of Happy Birthday and then Goodnight Irene - assuming you know the words to both those songs.

    • Hank Azaria: Just watching Jack Lemmon made me want to get into this business.

    • Hank Azaria: It's always impressive when talented comedians are easy laughers or generous with their laughs.

    • Hank Azaria: I've been doing silly voices since I was a child.

    • Hank Azaria: Godzilla's a monster for the '90s. He's been working out.

    • Hank Azaria: Bart [Simpson] gets away with doing the things we all wish we could get away with.

    • Hank Azaria: Although I play Moe, Apu, Wiggum, Professor Frink, oddly I feel like Lisa Simpson inside. I've been doing silly voices since I was a child - it's a nice outlet for that.