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Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer is a multi-talented actor, director and writer whose gifts have graced film, television, radio, stage and many publications. He gained national recognition as one of the creators and stars of the classic mock rockumentary This is Spinal Tap, in which he portrayed heavy metalist Derek Smalls. He has also appeared in the feature films The Truman Show, Godzilla, The Right Stuff, Oscar, The Fisher King and Pure Luck.

His television work includes Martin Mull's Portrait of a White Marriage, HBO Comedy Hour Live: The Magic of Live, Fernwood 2 Night, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Murphy Brown, L.A. Law, Chicago Hope, E.R., The Visitor and The News Hole, for which he won his second CableACE Award for Best Game Show. Shearer is also well-known to television audiences as the voices of Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders, among others, on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. He recently reunited with Michael McKean and David L. Lander for the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the classic comedy group, The Credibility Gap.

For the past 15 years, Shearer has been entertaining audiences on a weekly basis with his nationally syndicated public radio show, Le Show, which is also fed worldwide via the Internet. Excerpts from that show became a two-CD compilation, entitled O.J. On Trial: The Early Years and O.J. On Trial: That Endless Summer. In his capacity as a writer, he covered the O.J. Simpson civil trial for Microsoft's Slate magazine and he also reported on the 1996 presidential conventions. For the stage, Shearer co-wrote the dark musical comedy J. Edgar with Tom Leopold and Peter Matz. He also starred in the original production of Rupert Holmes' Accomplice.

The Los Angeles native began acting at age seven and made his film debut in the classic Abbott and Costello Go To Mars. He also appeared in the first Cinemascope movie, The Robe. He was featured on several of the early live television shows, including The Jack Benny Program, GE Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He played the role of Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave it to Beaver.

His new book, It's the Stupidity, Stupid, was just published by Ballantine Books for its Library of Contemporary Thought division.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Harry Shearer Facts

Birth Name Harry Julius Shearer
OccupationDirector, Actor, Writer
BirthdayDecember 23, 1943 (73)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Harry Shearer compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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