Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 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 played many characters including squeaky-clean religious neighbor Ned Flanders, cynical preacher Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, school principal and ShellShockedVeteran who still lives with -- and is being controlled by -- [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]], Seymour Skinner[[note]]though the infamous "Principal and the Pauper" episode reveals that the man who calls himself Seymour Skinner is really a street punk named Armin Tamzarian, who took over for a man named Seymour Skinner after he was M.I.A during the Vietnam War[[/note]], [[BadBoss evil nuclear plant owner]] Charles Montgomery Burns ''and'' his increasingly TransparentCloset, sycophantic 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 Lenford "Lenny" Leonard, 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 Creator/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 UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan impression and mannerisms are the basis for Mr. Burns, and his Creator/RodSerling 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, which parodied the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "It's a Good Life."

On May 14 2015, it was announced that he was [[https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707703020658688 leaving the Simpsons]] as of the upcoming season. In July, however, The Simpsons producers announced they've struck a deal with Shearer, who will stay with the show.

!!Tropes applying to Harry Shearer:

* TheComicallySerious: A majority of Shearer's Simpsons characters are unusually straitlaced for the Simpsons universe, such as Principal Skinner and Smithers.* HeAlsoDid: He was in the {{ADR}} loop group for ''Film/ANewHope'', which also led to him voicing several minor characters, such as Dex Tiree (Gold Two).
** He also contributed to the American ''Series/SpittingImage'' specials as the voice of several characters, chief among them Creator/JohnnyCarson.
* 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 stayed on ''The Simpsons'', despite that he feels the quality went downhill after season four.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In a particular "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror"'s credits, all of the members of the core voice actors have Halloween [[PunnyName pun names]]...except Shearer.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: During his first time on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Harry Shearer begged NBC to make him the new executive producer after Creator/LorneMichaels announced that he would be leaving and that Creator/AlFranken 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.