Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. He is the voice of Homer Simpson and many other recurring characters, including Abraham Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Mel.
Appearances on The Simpsons
He provides the voice for many characters, most notably Homer, but also Abe, Barney Gumble, Groundskeeper Willie and Krusty the Clown. Dan has also starred as himself on The Simpsons twice and has also written some episodes along with his wife Deb Lacusta. These episodes are "Gump Roast", "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore", and "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses". His name was mispronounced by Homer during the credits of Bart Star as "Castaneltela". He now does the roles of Frank Welker, who quit in 2006.
He also has the record for most characters by his voice, with over 20 characters.
Appearances outside of The Simpsons
Castellaneta has done some live-action acting on shows. Like fellow Simpsons voice actor Julie Kavner, Castellaneta was a regular on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-1990) even when not providing voice-over work for The Simpsons shorts which aired on the show. Other television live action roles include ALF, Stargate SG-1, and a couple of episodes of Fox's Married... with Children. He appeared in Matt Groening's sister production Futurama as the Robot Devil. Castellaneta also appeared in the James L. Brooks film War of the Roses (1989) as a man seeking a divorce, marking the first time Brooks and Castellaneta worked on a Gracie Films production aside from The Tracey Ullman Show or The Simpsons. As well as that, he was in the Matt Groening film, Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999) and he can be found in the crowd of a basketball game in Space Jam (1996).
In addition, Castellaneta voiced Aladdin's Genie in The Return of Jafar (1994) and the Aladdin television series when the character's original actor, Robin Williams, was unavailable. He also voiced Grandpa Phil in Hey Arnold!. He also narrated the prologue of the 1993 film Super Mario Bros. He voiced Vulk, Krader, And Volectro in later seasons of Mixels. He also voiced Megavolt in Darkwing Duck. He has even done Count Dracula in the original version of Animaniacs.
He also voiced Homer on numerous other shows, including Duckman and Family Guy.
A native of Chicago, Castellaneta graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and Northern Illinois University. After college, Dan went on to work at Chicago's Second City, which he later recalled on Inside the Actors Studio as "a place that, if you're not funny going in, will train you on how to be funny when going out."
He has been married to writer Deb Lacusta since 1987. In an interview, Dan says he never talks about the Simpsons at home, but has admitted on a couple of occasions that if his wife is making lunch he may (like Homer) remark "Mmm, sandwiches!"
Unlike Homer, Castellaneta is a vegetarian and a teetotaler. He also exercises regularly and practices Tai chi.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he occasionally performs alongside a branch of The Second City.
Castellaneta has a knack for music. He has composed and/or written three songs for The Simpsons, "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons," and "Dancing Workers Song.’ He also released two albums, Two Lips (2000) and I Am Not Homer (2002). The former is an all-music album while the latter is an all-comedy album and contains the song "So Dumb (Homer's Lament)", which Castellaneta wrote and sang as Homer, Grampa, Groundskeeper Willie and Barney. Castellaneta also did all the singing when Homer had become an opera singer, which is uncommon as professional singers will often "step in" to sing for animated characters. Guest Plácido Domingo had commented that Castellaneta's opera singing had been remarkable.
Co-Executive Producer (2021-present)
Dan Castellaneta's Characters
|Dan Castellaneta | Julie Kavner | Nancy Cartwright | Yeardley Smith | Hank Azaria | Harry Shearer|
|Pamela Hayden | Tress MacNeille | Maggie Roswell | Russi Taylor | Karl Wiedergott | Christopher Collins | Doris Grau | Jo Ann Harris | Marcia Mitzman Gaven|
|Special Guest Voices|
|Kelsey Grammer | Maurice LaMarche | Joe Mantegna | Marcia Wallace | Greg Berg | Albert Brooks | Phil Hartman | Jan Hooks | Jane Kaczmarek | Jon Lovitz | Frank Welker|