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regular voice cast since the second
Simpsons is an American animated
comedy television series that includes six main voice actors,
and numerous regular cast and recurring guest stars. The principal
cast consists of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy
Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell,
Russi Taylor, Marcia Wallace,
Mitzman Gaven and Karl Wiedergott have appeared as
supporting cast. Repeat guest cast members include Albert Brooks, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Mantegna and Kelsey
With one exception, episode credits list only the voice
actors, and not the characters they voice. Both Fox and the production crew
wanted to keep their identities secret during the early seasons
and, therefore, closed most of the recording sessions while
refusing to publish photos of the recording artists.
However, the network eventually revealed which roles each actor
performed in the episode "Old Money", because the
producers said the voice actors should receive credit for their
the exception of Shearer, every main cast member has won an Emmy
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
However, he was nominated for the award in 2009 for his performance in
the episode "The Burns and the Bees".
Castellaneta has won four and Azaria has won three, while Kavner,
Cartwright, Smith, Wallace, Grammer and guest star Jackie Mason have
each won one.
Castellaneta and Kavner were asked to voice the lead roles of Homer and Marge Simpson as
they were regular cast members of The
Tracey Ullman Show on which The
Simpsons shorts appeared.
Cartwright auditioned for the part of Lisa, but found that Lisa was simply
described as the "middle child" and at the time did not have much
personality. She then became more interested in the role of Bart.
Matt Groening let her try out for the part instead, and upon
hearing her read, gave her the job on the spot.
Yeardley Smith had initially been asked to audition for the role of
Bart but casting director Bonita Pietila believed her voice was
too high. Smith
was given the role of Lisa instead, although she almost turned it
When the show was commissioned for a full half-hour series, Shearer
joined the cast and performed multiple roles. Groening and Sam Simon asked Shearer to
join the cast as they were fans of his radio show.
Azaria was only a guest actor in the first season, but became
permanent in season two.
He first appeared in "Some Enchanted
Evening", re-recording Christopher Collins's lines as Moe Szyslak. As he
joined later than the rest of the cast, Groening still considers
Azaria the "new guy."
Up until 1998, the six main actors were paid $30,000 per episode. In 1998 they were then
involved in a pay dispute in which Fox threatened to replace them
with new actors and went as far as preparing for casting of new
voices. However, the issue was soon resolved and from 1998 to 2004,
they were paid $125,000 per episode. In 2004, the voice actors
intentionally skipped several table reads, demanding they be paid
$360,000 per episode. The
strike was resolved a month later and
they now earn something between $250,000 and
$360,000 per episode.
In 2008, production for the twentieth season was put on
hold due to new contract negotiations with the voice actors, who
wanted a "healthy bump" in salary to an amount close to $500,000
The dispute was soon resolved, and the actors' salary was raised to
$400,000 per episode.
||Wallace is always credited as a special guest star, even though
she has appeared in over 100 episodes since the series'
||Grammer has appeared since 1990.
||Mantegna has appeared since 1991.
||Hank Scorpio, Jacques "Brunswick", Cowboy Bob, Brad Goodman, Tab Spangler.
||Brooks has appeared as one-time characters in several episodes
||Artie Ziff, Professor Lombardo, Aristotle Amadopoulos, Jay
Sherman, Llewellyn Sinclair and Mrs. Sinclair, Enrico Irritazio.
||Lovitz has appeared in several episodes since 1991.
||Hooks has appeared as Manjula since 1997.
||LaMarche has appeared in several minor roles since 1995.
||Judge Constance Harm
||Kaczmarek has appeared as Judge Harm since 2001.
||Voiced between 1989 and 1996, when Grau died.
||Voiced between 1991 and 1998, when the characters were retired
due to Hartman's death.
||Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II and various other
||Voiced between 1991 and 2002. Dan Castellaneta now provides the
voices after Welker left the show, having asked for a raise because
the voices were hurting his throat.
|Marcia Mitzman Gaven
||Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Elizabeth Hoover
||Voiced the majority of Maggie Roswell's characters between 1999
and 2002, while Roswell's contract with the show had been
terminated over a pay dispute. Gaven has not appeared since.
||Voiced various additional parts between 1989 and 1992, but has
not appeared since.
||Moe Syszlak, Mr. Burns, the presenter of America's Most
Armed and Dangerous
||Collins provided the voices of Mr. Burns in several season one
episodes, but was replaced in the role by Harry Shearer. He also
recorded the original voice of Moe for "Some Enchanted
Evening" but was overdubbed by Hank Azaria.
Collins died in 1994.
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