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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Comedian and actor Harry Shearer has agreed to preside over the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Variety.com said.
Shearer to get star on Walk of Fame

Shearer to get star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian, actor and radio host Harry Shearer is to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, KCRW-FM, Los Angeles, announced Thursday.
'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.
Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and actor Damon Wayans is taking his humor to the Internet by establishing a new Web site called WayOutTV.com.

New Web comedy site to launch

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Former MTV executive Rob Barnett said he will launch a comedy Web site with Harry Shearer, who performs voices on the U.S. television hit "The Simpsons."

Spinal Tap hosts exclusive auction dinner

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- The cast members of "This is Spinal Tap" are reuniting for a highest-bidder meet-and-greet in Los Angeles to benefit the Live Earth concerts.

Spinal Tap reunites for Live Earth concert

LONDON, April 25 (UPI) -- Spinal Tap, the fictitious heavy metal band in the mock-umentary "This Is Spinal Tap," will reunite at London's Wembley Stadium for the Live Earth concerts.

Court TV to run series on freedom

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Court TV and the American Civil Liberties Union are presenting a series exploring issues that could threaten civil liberties in the United States.

TV Land to launch bio spoof

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Paul Reiser is the executive producer for a proposed one-hour weekly spoof of the popular A&E show "Biography" for TV Land.

Chris Guest ready to take on awards

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- He's skewered dog shows, folk music and theater and now Christopher Guest is taking on film awards with "For Your Consideration."

Voiceover actor blasts 'Simpsons'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons," reportedly said the Fox TV U.S. animated series has run its course.
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Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer, the voices including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Rev. Lovejoy and President Arnold Schwarzenegger in the animated motion picture comedy "The Simpsons Movie," arrives at the premiere of the film in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on July 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author and radio host. He is known for his long-running role on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the 1953 films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode for the television series Leave It to Beaver, but his parents decided not to let him continue in the role so that he could have a normal childhood. Shearer attended UCLA as a political science major in the early 1960s and after graduating, he attended Harvard University for one year and became a high school teacher for two years. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the break up of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night.

In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and he did not get along well with the other writers and cast members. He left the show in 1980. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. While promoting the film, Shearer was offered the chance to return to Saturday Night Live. He accepted, but left the show for good in January 1985. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show on Santa Monica's NPR-affiliated radio station, KCRW. The program, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy, is carried on many public radio stations throughout the United States.

In 1989, Shearer became a part of the cast of The Simpsons. He provides voices for numerous characters, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Skinner, Otto Mann and Rainier Wolfcastle. Shearer has been vocal about what he perceives as the show's declining quality. In 2004, he said "I rate the last three seasons as among the worst."

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