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Henry Albert "Hank" Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is an American actor and comedian. Ever since 1990, he has voiced many secondary characters from The Simpsons, (the Curtain Call at the end of The Simpsons Movie credits him for more characters than any of the other actors, with a whopping ten roles!) and has done several other notable roles.

Much like Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer, Azaria voices a lot of male characters that aren't voiced by other voice actors (like Phil Hartman, Karl Weidergott, Chris Edgerly, or any of the female voice actors who play boy characters) or a celebrity guest star. From The Simpsons alone, he notably voices:

  • Miserable, suicidal, Jerkass bartender Moe Szyslak
  • Surfer Dude career criminal Snake Jailbird
  • Fat, incompetent town cop Chief Clancy Wiggum
  • Indian Kwik-E-Mart clerk Apu Nahasapeemapetilonnote 
  • The "Sarcastic Middle Aged Clerk" who sounds like Charles Bronson (his real name is said to be Raphael, according to the season 12 episode "Day of the Jackanapes")
  • Smug, fat nerd/Android Dungeon store owner Jeff Albertson (better known as Comic Book Guy)note 
  • Milhouse's loser father, Kirk van Houten
  • Homer's Token Black friend, Carl Carlsonnote 
  • The replacement voice for Akira, the Japanese sushi restauranteur and, in season three's "When Flanders Failed," a karate teachernote 
  • Duff Beer's macho mascot, Duffman
  • Refugee from Time eternally stuck in the '70s, Disco Stunote 
  • Not-actually-qualified sea captain Horatio Macallister
  • Cheerful and affordable quack doctor Dr. Nick Riviera
  • Principal Skinner's uptight superior Superintendent Gary Chalmers
  • Stereotypically Italian chef Luigi Risotto
  • Slapstick-prone El Chapulín Colorado parody Bumblebee Mannote 
  • Camp Gay Latino Julio Franconote 
  • Resident Mad Scientist and Jerry Lewis imitator Professor John Frink
  • The Alter Kocker friend of Grampa Simpson known only as the "Old Jewish Man"
  • Mike Tyson caricature Drederick Tatumnote 
  • Slack-jawed yokel Cletus Spuckler
  • Chief Wiggum's far more competent retainer Lounote 
  • And many, many, many more minor instances.

He also voiced Edward Brock/Venom in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Bartok the bat in Anastasianote , and Harold Zoid in Futuramanote , and Bud Buckwall on Bordertown.

On the side of live action appearances, Azaria's has performed in more diverse roles, which include:

Both in appearance and through his seemingly endless repertoire of exotic accents, he's actually an American Sephardic Jew (Sephardic Jews are the ones who can trace their ancestry from the Iberian peninsula [the peninsula containing Spain and Portugal] to the north part of Africa. Contrast that with Ashkenazi Jews, whose lineage is in Central and Eastern Europe).

Also notably provided the Trope Namer quote for Idiot Ball.