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Hank Azaria

(1964 - )

Hank Azaria is a Jewish American film, television and stage actor, director, producer, writer, voice actor and comedian.

Born Hank Albert Azaria was born on April 25, 1964, in Queens, New York, his parents were Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews from Thessaloniki, Greece. On July 18, 1999, Azaria married Helen, but the couple divorced on December 18, 2000.

Fresh out of college, Azaria landed his first job as the voice of Moe Szyslak on the cast of The Simpsons. Azaria is most recognized for his voice work on the popular animated television show, The Simpsons. Azaria has done the voice for over 160 characters on the show. He has also made appearances on the hit television series, Friends and Mad About You. Azaria also stars in the television show, Huff as psychiatrist Craig “Huff” Huffstodt. This In 2005, he was nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” for his role as Huff. Azaria has also appeared in numerous films, including Godzilla, The Birdcage and America’s Sweethearts. In 2003, Azaria appeared in London’s stage performance of Sexual Perversity in Chicago as Bernard. In 2004, he has starred in the musical play Spamalot, which premiered in Chicago but has since moved to Broadway. For his performance in Spamalot, in 2005, Azaria was nominated for the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical.”

Azaria's awards include the American Comedy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performac (1998, 2010, 2012) and the Teen Choice Awards (2009).

Sources: NPR, Wikipedia, Internet Broadway Database