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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 also provided the voice for the "actual" Schwarzenegger, who had been elected President, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''[[/note]].

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Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) 1943 in Los Angeles, California) 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 also provided the voice for the "actual" Schwarzenegger, who had been elected President, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''[[/note]].


* 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).

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* HeAlsoDid: He was in the {{ADR}} loop group for ''Film/ANewHope'', which also led to him voicing several minor characters, characters such as Dex Tiree (Gold Two).


Shearer was a writer and cast member for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its fifth (197980) season, then returned during season ten (198485), Dick Ebersol's final season as show runner before Creator/LorneMichaels's return; Shearer can thus be regarded as 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."

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Shearer was a writer and cast member for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its fifth (197980) season, then returned during season ten (198485), Dick Ebersol's final season as show runner before Creator/LorneMichaels's return; Shearer can thus be regarded as 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'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "It's a Good Life."
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Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe'' and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' film ''Real Life''.

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Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe'' and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a staffer in the California state legislature and a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' film ''Real Life''.


* FormerChildStar: As mentioned above, Shearer started out doing radio and television work as a child in the '50s.

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* FormerChildStar: As mentioned above, Shearer started out doing radio and television work as a child actor in the '50s.


* MoneyDearBoy: His reason for remaining on ''The Simpsons'', despite his contention that the show's quality went downhill after season four.

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* MoneyDearBoy: His reason for remaining on ''The Simpsons'', despite his contention that the show's quality went has been going downhill after since season four.


* MoneyDearBoy: The reason he stayed on ''The Simpsons'', despite that he feels the quality went downhill after season four.

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* MoneyDearBoy: The His reason he stayed for remaining on ''The Simpsons'', despite his contention that he feels the show's quality went downhill after season four.


* TheComicallySerious: A majority of Shearer's Simpsons characters are unusually straitlaced for the Simpsons universe, such as Principal Skinner and Smithers.

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* TheComicallySerious: A majority of Shearer's Simpsons ''Simpsons'' characters are unusually straitlaced for the Simpsons universe, such as Principal Skinner and Smithers.Smithers.
* FormerChildStar: As mentioned above, Shearer started out doing radio and television work as a child in the '50s.


Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe'' and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' 1979 film ''Real Life''.

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Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe'' and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' 1979 film ''Real Life''.


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]]

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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 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 Wolfcastle]][[note]]He also provided the voice for the "actual" Schwarzenegger, who had been elected President President, in TheMovie[[/note]]
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''[[/note]].


Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe''and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', ''Death Valley Days'', and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' 1979 film ''Real Life''.

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Shearer entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe''and ''Film/TheRobe'' and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', ''Death Valley Days'', ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' 1979 film ''Real Life''.


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

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He has also hosts hosted the satirical Creator/{{NPR}} series ''Le Show''.Show'' since 1983.


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."

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Shearer got his start entered show business as a child actor, appearing in the film ''Film/TheRobe''and on such TV programs as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', ''Death Valley Days'', and ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' as well as the pilot of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. After attending college at UCLA and grad school at Harvard, he briefly worked as a high school English teacher before appearing with the satirical radio comedy troupe The Credibility Gap in the early '70s. Later in the decade worked as a writer for the ''Series/FernwoodTonight'' retool ''America 2-Night'' and helped pen the screenplay for Creator/AlbertBrooks' 1979 film ''Real Life''.

Shearer was a writer and cast member for
''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its fifth season (from 1979 to 1980), (197980) season, then returned during season ten (198485), Dick Ebersol's final season (1984 to 1985; season ten) as show runner before Creator/LorneMichaels's return, making return; Shearer can thus be regarded as 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."


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->''"My job is to take what I think is funny and to make other people think it's funny, too."''



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.

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On In May 14 2015, it was announced that he was [[https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707703020658688 leaving the Simpsons]] would be leaving]] ''The Simpsons'' as of the upcoming its twenty-seventh season. In July, July of that year, however, The Simpsons the show's producers announced they've that they'd struck a deal with Shearer, who will stay with Shearer and he would remain in the show.
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* 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).

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* TheComicallySerious: A majority of Shearer's Simpsons characters are unusually straitlaced for the Simpsons universe, such as Principal Skinner and Smithers.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).

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