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"Hi! I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such [films, TV shows, dates] as..."
―McClure's intro

Trodden "Troy" McClure is a cheesy B-movie actor who had fallen on hard times. He was often seen shilling for shoddy products or hosting questionable shows. He appeared from Season 2 until Season 10. Since then, Troy along with two other Phil Hartman characters were retired due to his death.


McClure was a stereotypical Hollywood has-been, reduced to appearing in low quality films and television presenting jobs. During the early seventies he had a highly successful acting career, but it had since become worse.[1] He often appeared in short video clips seen on television or in a public place. He often was shown presenting educational videos[2][3] and infomercials.[4] When introducing anything that he does, McClure lists projects that he has previously done with the phrase "Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such [films, educational videos, voice overs, etc.] as..." and will mention two or three titles of a similar subject to that of the current performance he is giving.

McClure's career went downhill due to his reported unusual paraphilia, which apparently involved fish, to the point where he had not worked in twelve years. To cover this up, he began a relationship with Selma Bouvier, whom he had met when she gave him an eye test at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This revived his career, leading him to star in Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!, a musical version of the film Planet of the Apes. To further revive his career, McClure's agent suggested that he marry Selma, a proposal which she accepted. At his bachelor party, a drunken McClure told Homer Simpson that the marriage is just a sham to help his career. At the wedding, an unknowing Selma married Troy. She eventually discovered that their marriage was a sham and, although she accepted it, she drew the line when McClure's agent suggested that the pair have a child. As "all the big parts these days are going to family men", having a child would have secured McClure's casting as McBain's sidekick in McBain IV: Fatal Discharge. Having rejected his offer, Selma left McClure. As a result, McClure starred in his own independent film The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel.[5]

In addition to his appearances within episodes, McClure presented the episodes "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" and "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase". The first is a behind the scenes look at The Simpsons, answering questions and featuring extra "never before seen" material.[6] The second is an episode presenting three possible spin-offs from The Simpsons.[7] Troy made his last speaking appearance in the Season 10 episode "Bart the Mother".


McClure was based on the typical "washed up" Hollywood actor, with inspiration for his character and name being drawn from B-movie actors Troy Donahue and Doug McClure.[8] Mike Reiss later met Doug McClure's daughter who revealed that her father had found the homage funny and McClure's children would call their father Troy McClure when his back was turned. Phil Hartman was cast in the role due to his ability to pull "the maximum amount of humor" out of any line he was given,[8] and McClure's visual appearance is similar to that of Hartman himself.[9] McClure drives a 1981 De Lorean DMC-12. McClure lives in his home, resembling the one from the movie 'Body Double', [1]in the upscale residential area of "Springfield Heights", which is also resided by Mob boss "Fat" Tony D'Amico and entertainer Krusty the Clown.


McClure's character is developed in "A Fish Called Selma", when a more in-depth look into his private life is shown. The episode is the only one in the entire run of the series that shows true emotion from Troy McClure.[1] It is hinted that he has Ichthyophilia, sexual desires for fish.[1] Show runners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were big fans of Phil Hartman, and wished to make an episode entirely about McClure in order to give him as much to do as possible. From this came the idea of him marrying Selma Bouvier, as she was "always marrying people".[1] Having Troy McClure as the star of the episode pleased Animator Mark Kirkland, as he found McClure's voice great to animate to, allowing him and other animators to "open him up visually as a character".[1] It is hinted throughout the course of the episode that he has strange sexual behavior. Throughout the production of the episode, the writers did not know what the "unsavory" sexual preference was. They decided on a fish fetish, an idea James L. Brooks suggested as it was "so perverted and strange, it was over the top".[1] McClure's apparent fish fetish was mentioned by The Guardian in their article about a Swiss scientist's discovery that sticklebacks ejaculate more sperm after they have seen images of fish flirting.[10]


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The last appearance of Troy McClure. The last films he mentions are Earwigs, Eww and Man VS Nature: the Road to Victory.

Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife Brynn before taking her own life on May 28, 1998.[11] Rather than replace Hartman with a new voice actor, the production staff retired McClure, along with Hartman's other characters Lionel Hutz, and Billy often in his films from the show.[8] He last appeared in the season ten episode "Bart the Mother". Before his death, Phil Hartman had often expressed an interest in starring in a live action film about McClure, with several of the show's writers wanting to help make it.[12] Josh Weinstein stated that the plot of "A Fish Called Selma" could have worked well as a live action film.[1] Matt Groening later told Empire that the idea never "got further than enthusiasm" but that "it would have been really fun."[13]

Hartman was cast before his death as Zapp Brannigan in Matt Groening's Futurama. Billy West took over the role, and based his vocal performance on Hartman's characterizations, particularly McClure.[14]

Despite being retired, he is pictured in "The Simpsons Guy".

He also appears in a pixel art form in the opening sequence made for "My Fare Lady".


Troy appearing in the opening of "My Fare Lady", pixeled.

Cultural influence and legacy[]

In a 2006 article ranked McClure in first position on their list of the "Top 25 Simpsons Peripheral Characters", citing that he is "a wonderfully bizarre and entertaining character that showcases the best of what small roles on The Simpsons can be."[15] In his book Planet Simpson, Chris Turner describes McClure in detail citing that he, along with Lionel Hutz, "represent the most significant contribution to the show outside its permanent cast" and that "the show's Golden Age is hard to imagine without them". McClure became the perfect portrayal of a media stereotype and a "gut-achingly funny reinterpretation" of a character type that had been "done to death".[16] Adam Finley named Phil Hartman one of the five best guest stars on The Simpsons, saying that McClure was "responsible for some of the funniest moments in Simpsons history."[17] Star News Online named Hartman as one of the four hundred reasons why they loved The Simpsons, adding that they missed McClure.[18] The Observer listed McClure educational films Smoke Yourself Thin; Get Confident, Stupid!; Firecrackers: the Silent Killer and Fuzzy Bunny's Guide to You-know-what as part of their list of the three hundred reasons why they loved the show.[19]

McClure's most prominent episode, "A Fish Called Selma", is often regarded as one of the best episodes in the show's history, and is one of the top five favorites of the staff.[1] Entertainment Weekly placed the episode eighth on their top 25 The Simpsons episode list.[20] named the episode the best of the seventh season, stating that it seemed the "obvious pick". They also called the Planet of the Apes musical, which McClure stars in, the best moment of the episode and "maybe even the whole show".[21] Associated Content also praised the musical, naming it the ninth best musical number in The Simpsons history.[22] McClure was made into an action figure as part of the World of Springfield toy line, and was released in the "Celebrity Series 1" wave.[23] He also features briefly in the video game Virtual Springfield, introducing the town of Springfield to the player.[24]

A recent book on Phil Hartman is entitled You Might Remember Me, after McClure's signature catch phrase that he introduces himself with.


The full image gallery for Troy McClure may be viewed at Troy McClure/Gallery.


  • Ironically, Troy McClure bore some physical resemblance to actress Jane Fonda's son Troy Garity. Fonda would later guest star as Maxine Lombard, a councilwoman who had a sex affair with Mr. Burns, in the season 26 episode "Opposites A-Frack".
  • In the original version of the "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment "Hell-Toupée", McClure was supposed to host Snake Jailbird's execution instead of Ed McMahon. After Hartman's death, his part was replaced out of respect.
  • For unknown reasons, on the Spanish dub the first time he appeared, he was named Gregory Perkins. [25]
  • Although McClure and Hutz disappeared from the show due to Phil Hartman's death, there was no in-universe explanation for what happened to McClure post-Season 10. He was depicted as being alive in "Moe Baby Blues", "Bart-Mangled Banner", and even The Simpsons Movie, but he has been absent from the show's HD-era (mid-Season 20 onward) aside from rare photographs, a non-canon appearance as a severed head in "The Serfsons", and a cameo in the 750 Characters couch gag in "Homer's Adventures Through the Windshield Glass" (where Hutz can also be spotted). Some possible reasons for his disappearance include
    • Troy fully retired from the entertainment industry and left Springfield once for all.
    • An off-screen scandal could have occurred that destroyed his reputation and sent him into hiding, possibly linked to zoophilia again (as he was notorious for an attraction to fish).
    • Troy's career was already dead since the beginning of the series, only appearing in short videos and commercials. He could have merely faded back into obscurity for good. This could make sense given how he is no longer mentioned as a part of Springfield's entertainment industry (with Krusty the Clown, Kent Brockman, and even the late Bleeding Gums Murphy gaining more prominence).
    • There is also the possibility that McClure passed away, with either the Springfield residents being completely unaware, or they held his funeral service and mourning period off-screen, akin to Edna Krabappel.



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