DAN Castellaneta doubts he would have become
the voice of Homer Simpson if the series was being
Chicago-born actor was asked to bring Homer
to life by Simpsons' creator Matt Groening
in 1989 when he created the characters for
The Tracey Ullman Show.
had a picture and he asked if I could come
up with a voice for this father character," Dan
had this massive overbite in the early days,
so he was sort of froggy mouthed, like a startled
the first 13 episodes they notched him up a
little bit with the emotions and now he is
I had to audition today, I don't think I would
have got the part. Now they have all these
prime-time car- toon shows and they are auditioning
all over the country.
a lot of money riding on it and it has to be
a hit, so there is so much scrutiny. But Homer
was mine from the beginning," he said.
addition to being the patriarch of the Simpson
family, Dan has voiced more than 60 characters,
including Krusty the Clown, Mayor Quimby and
an Australian game-keeper. "I can't remember
what that one was," he said, searching
for the right voice. "Hello mate," he
mimics in the familiar Aussie twang.
two-time Emmy winner, 43, discovered his talent
for voices while he was a child. "When
I was a kid I was watching Mighty Mouse and
did the voice of the cat.
was also a show on called The Copy Cats,
which featured impressionists, and I would
listen to them and pick up a lot."
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