Hank Azaria stands out as one of Hollywood’s entertainment elites with unusual talents. The star became rich and famous after he joined the movie industry and grew from being a comic actor to a dramatic actor, producer, and comedian. Ever since he burst into mainstream success, Azaria has continued to polish his talent, surpassing many entertainers who made it to Hollywood before him.
The American actor started befitting from the movie industry in the year 1986. However, his breakthrough came three years later when he took up the job of voicing a variety of characters in the universally acclaimed animated TV sitcom, The Simpsons. To date, he still bonds with the producers of the sitcom and some of the characters he lends his voice to include the Comic Book Guy, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and many others. Some of his performances on television shows are also based on well-known characters and actors.
In addition to his stint on The Simpsons, the A-lister has played several roles in over 50 movies, 40 television series, 12 video games, 4 theatrical productions, and three documentaries. Since 2017, he has been playing the fictional character Jim Brockmire in the television series Brockmire. Outside Hollywood, his most recent role was as Chief Wiggum in the 2015 video game, Lego Dimensions.
For his investment in the movie industry, which has been quite rewarding, Hank Azaria has received ten enviable awards and fourteen nominations, including six Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Let’s get to know more about the entertainment maestro.
Hank Azaria’s Biography (Age)
The Simpson’s voice actor was born Henry Albert Azaria in Queens, New York, on April 25, 1964, to Ruth (nee Altcheck) Azaria, a former publicist/film promoter for Colombia Pictures, and Albert Azaria, a businessman who works in the garment industry. The two are also parents to Hank’s older sisters Elise and Stephanie Azaria.
The actor began showing serious interest in show business in his younger years. At the time, he used to memorize and mimic the scripts of the stand-up comedy routines, television shows, and films his mother used to promote. Upon getting to high school age, his parents sent him to The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, where he performed in school plays at the expense of his academics and eventually made up his mind to pursue a career in acting.
Due to his parents’ love for all forms of show business, they approved their son’s decision to study drama at Tufts University. Azaria started his college education in 1981 and later met and became friends with Windsor, Canada-born actor Oliver Platt, who co-starred with him in various stage productions. After his graduation in 1985, the actor enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to hone his acting skills. He scored his debut acting job at the age of seventeen as an advertiser for Italian television. Azaria later moved to Los Angeles after he was offered a job by talent agent Harry Gold.
Hanks is an American by nationality and belongs of Sephardic Jewish descent. His parents are of Eastern Sephardic Jewish ancestry while his grandparents on both sides are from Thessaloniki, a Spanish Jewish community in Greece. They are said to have migrated to the United States of America in the early 20th century. As gathered, his family speaks the Ladino language at home. The comedian described the Ladino language as “a strange, antiquated Spanish dialect written in Hebrew characters.”
Wife and Son
The multi-talented Hollywood actor has been married to former actress Katie Wright since 2007. They had their first child, a son named Hal Azaria, in 2009. Hank was formerly married to actress Helen Hunt. The pair began dating in 1994 and eventually tied the knot on July 17, 1999, in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Southern California. Hunt and Azaria finalized their divorce on 18th December 2000. The actor has also been linked to actress Julie Warner, who he reportedly dated in the early 1990s. He currently lives in New York with his family.
Hank Azaria’s Height & Other Facts About Him
1. Actor Hank Azaria is 6 feet 0 inches tall, which is equivalent to 1.82 meters.
2. The comedian once worked as a busboy.
3. He credits Oliver Platt as a major inspiration during their college days. He admitted that Platt was a better actor than him during their college days.
4. Azaria’s initial plan was to solely focus on theatrical productions. He, however, changed his mind and switched to television after performing Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter with Oliver through their theatrical company named Big Theatre.
5. Hank is the godfather of actor Oliver Platt’s son, George (born 1997).
6. He is a big fan of the Democratic Party.
7. He loves listening to Elvis Costello’s music.
8. He once shared that if he were not an actor, he would have been a therapist.
9. The actor cites Walt Frazier and Peter Sellers as his heroes.
10. He is the co-founder of Determined to Succeed, an educational support charity.