Dan Castellaneta

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Dan Castellaneta talks about his work as an ensemble player on The Tracey Ullman Show, and his greatest claim to fame as the voice of "Homer Simpson" on The Simpsons, for which he has won several Emmy awards. He discusses other characters he portrays including "Barney Gumble," "Mayor Quimby," "Groundskeeper Willie," "Grampa Simpson," and "Krusty the Klown." He discusses specific episodes including "Mr. Plow," "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and the origin of Homer's famous catchphrase, "D'oh!" Jenni Matz conducted the interview on July 20, 2010 in North Hollywood, CA.

"It opened up comedy writing to aspects of family life that weren't explored as much; because not only does 'The Simpsons' parody the family, but it parodies the American small town... trying to get to a certain kind of truth."

Highlights
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Pony" for which he won an Emmy for Oustanding Voiceover Performance; on Homer's parenting skills
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns"?
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Mr. Plow"
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Homer versus New York" and the timing of airing that show after 9/11
Dan Castellaneta on the legacy of The Simpsons and what is says about American families
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood, Second City improvisational group, The Tracey Ullman Show

Chapter 2

on The Simpsons and how he came to perform the voices of various characters, on specific episodes

Chapter 3

On not receiving network notes on The Simpsons; on winning Emmys
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On "Mr. Plow", "Who Shot Mr. Burns" and other Simpsons episodes and the show's legacy; on the Simpsons cast; on guest-appearances on Frasier ; on playing Aaron Spelling
Shows

L. A. Law

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Dan Castellaneta on appearing as a disheveled "Homer Simpson" on an episode of L.A. Law ; needing approval from FOX to portray Simpsons characters

Simpsons, The

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Dan Castellaneta on how The Simpsons came about; why he agreed to work on the Tracey Ullman Show interstitial; how the early version of the show was very dark
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Pony" for which he won an Emmy for Oustanding Voiceover Performance; on Homer's parenting skills
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Stark Raving Dad" which featured Michael Jackson
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Mr. Plow"
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns"?
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes which ran every Halloween
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons popularity in countries outside the U.S.
Dan Castellaneta on the cultural impact of The Simpsons on culture, on comedy, and on the field of animation
Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Homer versus New York" and the timing of airing that show after 9/11
Dan Castellaneta on his Simpsons castmembers Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
Dan Castellaneta on the legacy of The Simpsons and what is says about American families

Tracey Ullman Show, The

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Dan Castellaneta on how he got discovered for The Tracey Ullman Show while performing at Chicago's Second City
On the sketch featuring a gay couple (Castellaneta and Sam McMurray) and their daughter, Francesca, on The Tracey Ullman Show ; risks the show took on FOX
Topics

9/11

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Dan Castellaneta on The Simpsons episode "Homer versus New York" and the timing of airing that show after 9/11

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