Hank Azaria filmography and biography
Date of birth: 25 April 1964, Queens, New York, USA
Hank Azaria trivia
- Engaged to Helen Hunt (I) in 1997.
- Was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
- Was a bartender in New York at the Arcadia.
- Attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, from 1981-1985, but did not receive his B.A. until he completed two courses in L.A. in 1987. Tufts awarded him its Light on the Hill Award in 1999.
- A favorite of playwright Jenelle Riley; characters in her shows are frequently hybrids of his name with his The Simpsons characters (e.g. Hank Wiggum). The lead character in her award-winning film The Perfect Candidate is named Frank Grimes, after "Homer's Enemy".
- Both sets of his grandparents came from Salonika in northern Greece.
- Based the voice of Moe the bartender (The Simpsons) on actor Al Pacino.
- His family is of Sephardic Jewish background.
- He based his character in The Birdcage (a flamboyantly, almost over-exaggeratedly feminine homosexual house servant) on his grandmother, in particular his character's speech.
- Spent over $300,000 of his own money to make his short film Nobodys Perfect.
- Based the voice of Lou the Cop (in The Simpsons) on actor Sylvester Stallone.
- Based the voice of Chief Wiggum (in The Simpsons) on actor Edward G. Robinson (I).
- Based the voice of Apu (in The Simpsons) on the "standard" 7-11 employee and on Peter Sellers' character Hrundi V. Bakshi in The Party.
- Based the voice of Comic Book Guy (in The Simpsons) on his college roommate.
- Appeared in two films in 1999 with the word "Mystery" in the title: Mystery, Alaska and Mystery Men.
- Based the voice of quack Dr. Nick Rivera (in The Simpsons) on actor Desi Arnaz.
- He and his ex-wife Helen Hunt (I) have both guest-starred on the TV show Friends, though not in the same episode. Paget Brewster, who plays his wife on Huff, also had a recurring role on Friends.
- Attended college with Oliver Platt; attended acting school with Sharon Stone (I).
- He is close friends with actor Matthew Perry (I).
- Had a son, Hal Azaria, on June 6, 2009 with girlfriend Katie Wright (I).
- Was a camper at the real life Camp Towanda, where the movie Wet Hot American Summer was filmed.
- (2009) Paid exactly $10 million to purchase a seven-bedroom, ten-bath, 8434-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area. He also owns a 1108-square-foot house in the Hollywood Dell area of Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills; and a 3320-square-foot house in Beverly Hills.
Hank Azaria quotes
- Just watching Jack Lemmon (I) made me want to get into this business.