Can life get any better for Homer J. Simpson? He juggles the roles of husband, father, safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, bowler, beer drinker, astronaut, small business owner and dreamer, and makes it all look easy. But it wasn't always so easy for Homer J. Raised by his father, Abe, who tried to compensate for the absence of Homer's radical hippie mother, Homer graduated at the bottom of his high school class and managed to earn the distinction of being the longest-term entry-level employee at the plant. Together with his high school sweetheart, Marge Bouvier, Homer settled down in Evergreen Terrace, the nicest upper-lower-middle class section of Springfield, to raise his three precious children. Homer is fond of Duff Beer, donuts, Marge's pork chops and watching the Bee Guy on the Spanish channel. His dislikes include his boss, Mr. Burns, yard work and his neighbor, Ned Flanders.
Emmy® Award-winner Dan Castellaneta is the voice of Homer Simpson… as well as Krusty the Clown, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Mayor Quimby, Groundskeeper Willie and a multitude of others on the historic animated series The Simpsons.
A former cast member of The Tracey Ullman Show and Sibs, Castellaneta has also made numerous guest appearances on television shows including Murphy Brown, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Mad About You, NYPD Blue and Yes, Dear. His feature film work includes The Client, Forget Paris, Love Affair, War of the Roses, My Giant, Nothing in Common, The Settlement, Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ as Aaron Spelling, The Pursuit of Happyness, and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. In 2007 he starred in the worldwide smash hit The Simpsons Movie.
A native of Chicago, Castellaneta performed with the famed improvisational comedy troupe The Second City. In Los Angeles, he won a Dramalogue Award for his performance in Tom & Jerry as part of Showtime's Act One Series. He created the stage role of Harvey Pekar, the underground cartoonist, in the long-running hit American Splendor at Theater/Theater in Hollywood. He also performed and co-wrote the acclaimed comedy show Deb & Dan's Show, in which he starred with his wife, Deb Lacusta, at The Improvisation. He made his New York debut in the title role of The Alchemist and also performed his one-man show Where Did Vincent Van Gogh? in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, The Edinburgh Film Festival and the Aspen HBO Comedy Festival. Other theater credits include The Underpants adapted by Steve Martin from a play by Carl Sternheim at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, The Old Globe’s production of Moonlight and Magnolias as Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, and in the premiere of Nighthawks at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles.
Castellaneta's writing credits include The Tracey Ullman Show, two episodes of The Simpsons and The Simpsons Comic Books. He directed and co-wrote Pieces of Eight at the Alliance Repertory Theater, and his play A Purple Dawn premiered at Geneva College and also played at Northwestern College in Orange City Iowa. He, along with Deb Lacusta, founded the improv scenario group Instant Theatre in Chicago, where they wrote, directed and performed comedic one-act plays.
In April 2002, Castellaneta released the comedy CD I AM NOT HOMER with Lacusta.