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Harry Shearer (1943-) is an American actor and VoiceActor famous for starring as Derek Smalls in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', as well as his voicework on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where he plays many characters including squeaky-clean religious neighbor Ned Flanders, cynical preacher Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, school principal (and Vietnam vet who still lives with -- and is being controlled by -- [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]]) Seymour Skinner, [[BadBoss evil nuclear plant owner]] Charles Montgomery Burns ''and'' his AmbiguouslyGay, syncophantic assistant Waylon Smithers [[note]]leading to a very HoYay-tastic case of ScrewYourself and TalkingToHimself[[/note]], Creator/BillCosby Expy and the town's only competent doctor Dr. Julius Hibbert, sarcastic, often unprofessional news anchor Kent Brockman, Homer's friend and plant coworker Leonard "Lenny" Leonardson, Grandpa Simpson's elderly [[VitriolicBestFriends vitriolic best friend]] Jasper Beardley, stoner bus driver Otto Mann, and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger {{Expy}} [[TheAhnold Rainier Wolfcastle]]. [[note]]He provided the voice for the "actual" Schwarzenegger, who had been elected President in TheMovie[[/note]]

He also hosts the satirical Creator/{{NPR}} series ''Le Show''.

Shearer got his start on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its fifth season (from 1979 to 1980), then returned during Dick Ebersol's final season (1984 to 1985; season ten) before LorneMichaels's return, making Shearer the UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland of ''SNL'' [[note]]in that he appeared in two non-consecutive seasons[[/note]]. Shearer's reason for leaving ''SNL'' during its tenth season (mid-season): CreativeDifferences (in his words, "I was creative, they were different.") Most of the celebrity impressions he did on ''SNL'' were transferred to ''The Simpsons'': his Vin Scully impression was heard on "Krusty Gets Kancelled" and sounds very similar to Kent Brockman, his Ronald Reagan impression and mannerisms are the basis for Mr. Burns, and his Rod Serling impression was used on the "Treehouse of Horror" special featuring the story of Bart using his God-like powers to make everyone in town bow to his whims.

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!!Tropes applying to Harry Shearer:

* ManOfAThousandVoices: The number of ''Simpsons'' characters listed above are a ''mere handful'' of those he, Creator/DanCastellaneta and Creator/HankAzaria play.
* MoneyDearBoy: The reason he's still on ''The Simpsons'', despite that he feels the quality went downhill after season four.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In a particular "TreehouseOfHorror"'s credits, all of the members of the core voice actors have halloween pun names...except Shearer.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: During his first time on ''SaturdayNightLive'', Harry Shearer begged NBC to make him the new executive producer after LorneMichaels announced that he would be leaving and that Al Franken was rejected for his "Limo For the Lame-O" report on Weekend Update. NBC said no, and that's how Jean Doumanian was picked to be season six's showrunner.
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