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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 25, 2014
By United Press International
Hank Azaria to guest star on 'Ray Donovan'

Hank Azaria to guest star on 'Ray Donovan'

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Hank Azaria and actress Sherilyn Fenn are to guest star in the Season 2 of the drama series, "Ray Donovan," Showtime announced.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 25, 2013.
By United Press International
Harris, Vergara back for 'Smurfs 2'

Harris, Vergara back for 'Smurfs 2'

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria have returned for the sequel to "The Smurfs," Sony Pictures Animation announced.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
By United Press International
Demi Moore lands cameo in 'Lovelace'

Demi Moore lands cameo in 'Lovelace'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Demi Moore is to play a supporting role as feminist activist Gloria Steinem in a bio-picture about American porn star Linda Lovelace, Variety said.
Miller praises P!nk's 'Happy Feet Two' performance

Miller praises P!nk's 'Happy Feet Two' performance

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Australian director George Miller says pop star P!nk felt much better about acting for the first time in his animated penguin picture "Happy Feet Two" after she heard how badly her co-star Brad Pitt sings.
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'Simpsons' renewed for two more seasons

'Simpsons' renewed for two more seasons

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television network Fox announced Friday it has renewed its animated series "The Simpsons" for two more seasons.
NBC cancels 'Free Agents'

NBC cancels 'Free Agents'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- NBC has canceled its Americanized version of the British comedy series "Free Agents" due to low ratings, TVGuide.com reported Thursday.

Emmy charity pre-party a big success

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The sponsors of the pre-Emmy gala in Century City in Los Angeles say they raised a lot of money for charity.
Stars line up for 'Smithsonian' premiere

Stars line up for 'Smithsonian' premiere

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and Ricky Gervais attended the Washington premiere of their movie "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."
Hank Azaria to be first-time dad

Hank Azaria to be first-time dad

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Hank Azaria's publicist has confirmed the U.S. actor and Katie Wright, his girlfriend of two years, are expecting their first child.
'Simpsons' voice actors make deal with Fox

'Simpsons' voice actors make deal with Fox

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. actors who lend their voices to animated characters on "The Simpsons" reportedly have signed a four-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
'Simpsons' ride opens at Universal Orlando

'Simpsons' ride opens at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons Ride," based on the long-running animated television series, officially opened Thursday at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
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Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria arrives at the The World Premiere of "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" Aug. 11, 2005, in Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/John Hayes)
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Henry Albert "Hank" Azaria ( /əˈzɛəriə/ ə-zair-ee-ə; born April 25, 1964) is an American film, television and stage actor, director, voice actor, and comedian. He is noted for being one of the principal voice actors on the animated television series The Simpsons (1989–present), on which he performs the voices of Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson and numerous others. Azaria, who attended Tufts University, joined the show with little voice acting experience, but became a regular in its second season. Many of his performances on the show are based on famous actors and characters; Moe's voice, for example, is based on actor Al Pacino.

Alongside his continued voice acting on The Simpsons, Azaria became more widely known through his live-action appearances in films such as The Birdcage (1996), Anastasia (1997) and Godzilla (1998). He has continued to star in numerous films including Mystery Men (1999), America's Sweethearts (2001), Shattered Glass (2003), Along Came Polly (2004), Run Fatboy Run (2007), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and The Smurfs (2011). He also had recurring roles on the television series Mad About You and Friends and starred in the drama Huff (2004–2006), playing the titular character, as well as appearing in the popular stage musical Spamalot. Originally primarily a comic actor, in recent years Azaria has taken on more dramatic roles including the TV films Tuesdays With Morrie (1999) and Uprising (2001). He has won four Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Azaria was married to the actress Helen Hunt from 1999 to 2000.

Azaria was born and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the son of Sephardic Jewish parents from Thessaloniki, Greece. His father, Albert, ran several dress-manufacturing businesses, while his mother raised him and his two older sisters, Stephanie and Elise. Before marrying his father, Azaria's mother had been a publicist for Columbia Pictures, promoting films in Latin American countries, as she was fluent in both English and Spanish. Both of his parents loved all forms of show business, which spurred him to become an actor. Azaria graduated from The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, and later studied drama at Tufts University until 1985, before training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. There he met Oliver Platt, with whom he became best friends; Azaria noted that "Oliver was a better actor than I was in college, and he really inspired me." Together the pair starred in various college stage productions including The Merchant of Venice.

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