One of the most closely guarded secrets in Springfield is Moe the bartender's last name. It's Szyslak, he'll tell you, but why the hell are you asking? Even more closely guarded are details of Moe's personal life. Outside of pulling taps at Moe's Tavern, the bartender seems to spend at least part of his time at the shooting range (he's a charter member of the Springfield Gun Club) and bowling with his league team, the Pin Pals. No one knows how Moe has managed to keep his bar open all these years--most nights there are only three or four regulars, and his efforts to change the place into a family restaurant failed on account of his uncontrollable rage. But many suspect that he is still receiving residual checks from his stint as a child actor on the Our Gang show back in the '40s. Moe was the ugly kid.
Hank Azaria's ability to transform himself into a multitude of characters has made him one of the most sought-after actors today. He has won four Emmys® and received nine Emmy nominations, one Screen Actors Guild Award®, four SAG nominations and a Tony® nomination.
Azaria is the voice for several key characters in the animated hit comedy series The Simpsons. He has won three Emmys for his work on the show. Azaria also produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Showtime series Huff, which received seven Emmy nominations, including one for Azaria for outstanding performance by an actor. He also received a SAG nomination for Huff in 2004 for outstanding performance by an actor.
In 2007, Azaria returned to Broadway to star in The Farnsworth Invention, from award- winning writer Aaron Sorkin. He previously appeared as Sir Lancelot in the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. His performance garnered Azaria a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. During the summer of 2003, Azaria starred with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, performed at London’s Comedy Theatre.
Azaria has also added director and producer to his credits. He co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the short film Nobody’s Perfect, which debuted in 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival and won Best Short at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He also received an Emmy Award and a SAG nomination for his starring role in ABC’s acclaimed film Tuesdays with Morrie.
Azaria was nominated for an Emmy for his role as David (Phoebe's scientist boyfriend) on NBC's hit Friends, and for his recurring role as Nat the dog walker on NBC’s Mad about You. Azaria’s other television credits include the Golden Globe®-nominated CBS telefilm Fail-Safe, and the NBC miniseries Uprising. He received a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for his memorable turn in Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage. Other feature credits include Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Year One, The Simpsons Movie, The Aristocrats, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Eulogy, Along Came Polly, Shattered Glass, Bark, America's Sweethearts, Cradle Will Rock, Mystery Men, Mystery, Alaska, Godzilla, Great Expectations, Celebrity, Quiz Show, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Now and Then and Pretty Woman.