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Julio Franco (pronounced Hoolio) is one of two gay men Homer moves in with. The other, Grady, was his boyfriend at the time. Prior to coming out, Julio was married to two women, Adriatica Vel Johnson and Lindsey Naegle. Julio was stated to be from Costa Rica in "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", though this is contradicted in "The Burns Cage" which states that he is from Cuba. One of his boyfriends was Waylon Smithers.


The Simpsons finish a puzzle and have to find the last piece and Homer thinks that the piece is in the memory chest; however, he finds a note saying that Marge wanted to dump him before he got married. This then upsets Homer and he finds an apartment in Springfield's gay district. He then meets his two roommates Grady and Julio who are two gay men who needed a third man in their apartment. Homer eventually finds out Marge really loves him after all and moves back into his house again, leaving Grady and Julio behind.

It later appears that Grady and Julio broke up as Julio gets married to Thad[1]. He has also been a hostage[2], and at some point after that got back together with Grady.

His boyfriend Grady had an affair with Duffman, who is bisexual[3], and hired Homer to break up with Julio. Julio has also dated Comic Book Gay (asking him out in "Flaming Moe") and Waylon Smithers in "The Burns Cage".

Julio has worked several jobs over the course of the series. He is first seen working as a calendar photographer, taking photos of women with sensual clothes. He once had to make Marge drunk with wine so she undresses herself for the photo.[4] He makes two appearances as a hairdresser, once informing Marge that she's been going gray for years [5], and another time to take on Homer's clientele when Homer no longer wants to work as a hairdresser. [6] Later, he is seen working at a clothing store called 'Forever 21 Waist'. [7]

It is also implied he used to be married to Lindsey Naegle.

Julio as Michelangelo


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"Four Great Women and a Manicure"

Julio played the part of an angry king named King Julio who tries to destroy England with an army of ships, but fails.

"Moe Goes from Rags to Riches"

He also played the role of the artist Michaelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


In "Days of Future Future", Julio is manager of a night club called Hard Lad and forces Bart to leave the club due to him depressing everyone.

Behind the Laughter

A Costa Rican version of Julio appeared in "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", whacking Krusty. It is unknown whether this is actually him, or a different character of similar design.

Julio was originally voiced by Hank Azaria, who uses a gay lisp like he did for his character Agador in the movie The Birdcage. He has since been replaced by Tony Rodriguez.

Julio's name may be a reference to the song "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard", which is perhaps about homosexuality.

In Spanish, his name translates to the month of July.

Julio recently appeared in The Simpsons: Tapped Out during the Pride 2017 mini-event as a limited time character that came with Hairy Shearers.