List of The Simpsons cast members

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Four of the six main cast members attend a ceremony in 2009, left to right: Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Dan Castellaneta (Homer) and Julie Kavner (Marge).

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom 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, Marcia 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 Grammer.[1] 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 closed most of the recording sessions while refusing to publish photos of the recording artists.[2] 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 work.[3] With the exception of Shearer, every main cast member has won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.[4][5] However, Shearer was nominated for the award in 2009 for his performance in the episode "The Burns and the Bees".[6] Castellaneta has won four and Azaria has won three, while Kavner, Cartwright, Smith, Wallace, Grammer and guest star Jackie Mason have each won one.[7]

Regular cast[edit]

Background[edit]

Hank Azaria has been a part of the Simpsons regular voice cast since the second season.
Harry Shearer is the only principal cast member who has not won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
Marcia Wallace appeared regularly as Mrs. Krabappel until her death in 2013.
Maurice LaMarche has appeared in several minor roles.

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.[8][9] 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, so Simpsons creator Matt Groening let her try out for that part instead, and upon hearing her read, he gave her the job on the spot.[10] Smith had initially been asked by casting director Bonita Pietila to audition for the role of Bart, but Pietila then realised that Smith's voice was too high,[11][12] Smith was given the role of Lisa instead, although she almost turned it down.[13] 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.[14] Azaria was only a guest actor in the first season, but became permanent in season 2.[15] 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."[16]

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.[17] The strike was resolved a month later[18] and until 2008 they earned something between $250,000[19] and $360,000 per episode.[20] 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 per episode.[20] The dispute was soon resolved, and the actors' salary was raised to $400,000 per episode.[21]

In 2011, Fox announced that, due to financial difficulties, they were unable to continue to produce The Simpsons under its current contract and that unless there were pay cuts, the show could end.[22] For the negotiations, the studio requested that the cast members accept a 45% cut of their salaries so that more seasons could be produced after season 23, or else that season would be the last.[23] In the end, the studio and the actors reached a deal, in which the actors would take a pay cut of 30%, down to just over $300,000 per episode, prolonging the show to its 25th season.[24] As well as the actors, everybody involved in the show took a pay cut.[25]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character(s)
Dan Castellaneta[26] Homer Simpson Grampa Simpson
Krusty the Clown Barney Gumble
Groundskeeper Willie Mayor Quimby
Hans Moleman Sideshow Mel
Itchy Kodos
Gil Gunderson Squeaky Voiced Teen
Blue Haired Lawyer Rich Texan
Louie Bill
Arnie Pie Mr. Teeny
Yes Guy Scott Christian
Assistant Superintendent Leopold Rabbi Krustofski[A]
Charlie Gary
Santa's Little Helper[B] Frankie the Squealer
Julie Kavner[27] Marge Simpson Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier Jacqueline Bouvier
Nancy Cartwright[28] Bart Simpson Nelson Muntz
Todd Flanders Ralph Wiggum
Kearney Database
Wendell Borton Lewis
Yeardley Smith[29] Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria[30] Apu Nahasapeemapetilon Moe Szyslak
Chief Wiggum Comic Book Guy
Lou Carl Carlson
Dr. Nick Snake Jailbird
Professor Frink Kirk Van Houten
Luigi Risotto Bumblebee Man
Captain Horatio McCallister Superintendent Chalmers
Cletus Spuckler Disco Stu
Duffman Crazy Old Man
Drederick Tatum Legs
Wiseguy Akira
Doug Johnny Tightlips
Harry Shearer[31] Mr. Burns Waylon Smithers
Ned Flanders Principal Skinner
Otto Mann Lenny Leonard
Reverend Lovejoy Dr. Hibbert
Kent Brockman Jasper Beardley
Eddie Rainier Wolfcastle
Scratchy Marty
Dr. Marvin Monroe Kang
Herman Dewey Largo
Judge Snyder Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon
Benjamin Jebediah Springfield
God

Other regular cast[edit]

Actor Character(s)
Tress MacNeille[32] Agnes Skinner Lindsey Naegle
Brandine Spuckler Cookie Kwan
Crazy Cat Lady Bernice Hibbert
Dolph Starbeam Mrs. Glick
Poor Violet Lunchlady Doris[C]
Ms. Albright Brunella Pommelhorst
Pamela Hayden[33] Milhouse Van Houten Rod Flanders
Jimbo Jones Janey Powell
Sarah Wiggum Malibu Stacy
Patches Ruth Powers
Wendell Borton Lewis
Richard Lois Pennycandy
Maggie Roswell[34][E] Maude Flanders Helen Lovejoy
Elizabeth Hoover Luann Van Houten
Princess Kashmir Mary Bailey
Russi Taylor[34] Martin Prince Üter Zörker
Sherri and Terri Wendell Borton
Lewis
Karl Wiedergott[34] Legs
Marcia Wallace[35] Mrs. Krabappel
Chris Edgerly[36][37] Various characters

Recurring guest voices[edit]

Actor Character(s) Notes
Kelsey Grammer Sideshow Bob[38] Grammer has appeared since 1990.[38]
Joe Mantegna Fat Tony[39] Mantegna has appeared since 1991.[39]
Albert Brooks Hank Scorpio, Jacques "Brunswick", Cowboy Bob, Brad Goodman, Tab Spangler[40] Brooks has appeared as one-time characters in several episodes since 1990.[40]
Jon Lovitz Artie Ziff, Professor Lombardo, Aristotle Amadopoulos, Jay Sherman, Llewellyn Sinclair and Mrs. Sinclair, Enrico Irritazio[41] Lovitz has appeared in several episodes since 1991.[41]
Jan Hooks Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon[41] Hooks has appeared as Manjula since 1997.[41]
Maurice LaMarche Various minor characters[41] LaMarche has appeared in several minor roles since 1995.[41]
Jane Kaczmarek Judge Constance Harm[41] Kaczmarek has appeared as Judge Harm since 2001.[41]

Other cast members[edit]

Actor Character(s) Notes
Doris Grau Lunchlady Doris, other one-time roles[34] Grau was a member of the show's supporting cast and also worked as a script supervisor on the series.[42] Grau appeared from 1991 until 1997, with her final appearances airing after her death in 1995.[43][44]
Phil Hartman Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz, other one-time roles[38] Hartman made the most guest appearances on the show, voicing characters between 1991 and 1998. Following Hartman's death, McClure and Hutz were retired from the show.[45]
Frank Welker Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II and various other animals.[34] Made numerous guest appearances 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.[46]
Marcia Mitzman Gaven Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Elizabeth Hoover[34] As part of the supporting cast, Gaven voiced the majority of Maggie Roswell's characters between 1999 and 2002, while Roswell had left the show over a pay dispute. Gaven has not appeared since Roswell's return at the start of season 14.[47]
Jo Ann Harris Various Voiced various additional parts as part of the supporting cast between 1989 and 1992, but has not appeared since.[48][49][50]
Christopher Collins 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.[51] Collins died in 1994.[52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Actor Award Category Role Episode Result Ref.
1992 Nancy Cartwright Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Bart Simpson "Separate Vocations" Won [53]
1992 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Homer Simpson "Lisa's Pony" Won [53]
1992 Julie Kavner Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Marge Simpson "I Married Marge" Won [53]
1992 Jackie Mason Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Rabbi Hyman Krustofski "Like Father, Like Clown" Won [53]
1992 Yeardley Smith Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Lisa Simpson "Lisa the Greek" Won [53]
1992 Marcia Wallace Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Edna Krabappel "Bart the Lover" Won [53]
1993 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Homer Simpson "Mr. Plow" Won [54]
1995 Nancy Cartwright Annie Award Voice Acting in the Field of Animation Bart Simpson "Radio Bart" Won [55]
1997 Maggie Roswell Annie Award Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer Shary Bobbins "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" Nominated [56]
1998 Hank Azaria Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Apu Nahasapeemapetilon Won [57]
2001 Hank Azaria Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Various "Worst Episode Ever" Won [58]
2003 Hank Azaria Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Various "Moe Baby Blues" Won [59]
2004 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Various Characters "Today I am A Clown" Won [60]
2006 Kelsey Grammer Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Sideshow Bob "The Italian Bob" Won [61]
2007 Julie Kavner Annie Award Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Marge Simpson The Simpsons Movie Nominated [62]
2009 Hank Azaria Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Moe Szyslak "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" Nominated [6]
2009 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Homer Simpson "Father Knows Worst" Won [5]
2009 Harry Shearer Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Mr. Burns, Smithers,
Kent Brockman and Lenny
"The Burns and the Bees" Nominated [6]
2010 Hank Azaria Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon "Moe Letter Blues" Nominated [63]
2010 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson "Thursday with Abie" Nominated [63]
2011 Dan Castellaneta Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-over Performance Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty, Louie "Donnie Fatso" Nominated [64]

Notes[edit]

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