Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta is an American film and television actor, comedian, voice artist and television writer who provided the voice for a number of characters, including Grandpa Phil, The Jolly Ollie Man, Earl, Dr. Murray Steiglitz, and Nick Vermicelli.

Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons, he also voices many other characters on The Simpsons, including Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman.

Born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, Castellaneta started taking acting classes at a young age. He would listen to his father's comedy records and do impressions of the artists. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Castellaneta joined Chicago's Second City in 1983, and performed with the troupe until 1987. He was cast in The Tracey Ullman Show, which debuted in 1987. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Castellaneta to voice Homer. His voice for the character started out as a loose impression of Walter Matthau, but later evolved into a more robust voice. He has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on The Simpsons as well as an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation in 1993. Along with his wife Deb Lacusta, Castellaneta has written four episodes of The Simpsons.

Castellaneta has also had roles in several other television shows, including the live-action sitcom Sibs and the animated series Dynamo Duck, Darkwing Duck, Back to the Future: The Animated Series, Earthworm Jim, Aladdin and Hey Arnold!. In 1999, he appeared in the Christmas special Olive, the Other Reindeer and won an Annie Award for his portrayal of the Postman. Castellaneta has also released a comedy CD, I Am Not Homer, and wrote and stars in a one man play titled Where Did Vincent Van Gogh? Dan has had a few live action roles such as in the film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith and his son Jayden and Thandie Newton.

He is married to writer Deb Lacusta and lives in Los Angeles where he occasionally performs alongside the branch of The Second City. Castellaneta is a vegetarian, does not drink any alcoholic beverages and is a regular exerciser. Castellaneta also practices Tai Chi.

Voice Credits

# Episode Credits
2 The Little Pink Book / Field Trip Grandpa / Guard / Canned Speech
3a Arnold's Hat Grandpa / Jolly Olly Man / Baseball Announcer
4b The Old Building Grandpa / Rico
5b The Baseball Grandpa
6 Heat / Snow Grandpa / Jolly Olly Man / Bus Driver / Grandpa's Grandfather (uncredited)
7b The Vacant Lot Grandpa
8 The List / Haunted Train Grandpa / Mover / Engineer
9 Mugged / Roughin' It Grandpa
10a Door #16 Grandpa / Bus Driver
11a Benchwarmer Grandpa / Referee
12 Das Subway / Wheezin' Ed Grandpa / Conductor / Earl
13b Gerald Comes Over Grandpa
14a Spelling Bee Grandpa
15b Sally's Comet Grandpa / Grandpa's Father (uncredited)
16 Abner Come Home / The Sewer King Grandpa
18b 24 Hours to Live Grandpa
19 Part Time Friends / Runaway Float Grandpa / Caller (uncredited) / Nick Vermicelli
20 Arnold's Christmas Grandpa
21b Crush on Teacher Arnold Skelter
23b Four-Eyed Jack Grandpa
24a Tour de Pond Grandpa
26 Biosquare / Partners Grandpa
27a Harold's Kitty Animal Control Officer
28 Arnold Saves Sid / Hookey Grandpa, Chicken Man voice
29a Save the Tree Grandpa / Nick Vermicelli (uncredited)
31b Big Caesar Grandpa, reporter
32a The High Life Wacko delivery man
33b Eugene's Pet Grandpa
34b Gerald Moves Out Grandpa
37 Steely Phil / Quantity Time Grandpa, Nolo, tournament director
38a Eating Contest Grandpa, Grandpa's Father, Jolly Olly Man
40 Arnold's Halloween Grandpa
44a Crabby Author Grandpa, Earl
45a Helga Blabs it All Grandpa
46a Arnold Betrays Iggy Grandpa
47 Dangerous Lumber / Mr. Hyunh Goes Country Grandpa, Jolly Olly Man, Ice Kentucky
48a Arnold's Room Grandpa
49a Career Day Jolly Olly Man, fireman
50 Casa Paradiso / Gerald's Tonsils Grandpa, lawyer, Grubby, Dr. Steiglitz
51b The Pig War Grandpa, Earl, brittish kid
53b Sid's Revenge Dr. Steiglitz
54a Grandpa's Birthday Grandpa, Dr. Steiglitz
55 Arnold & Lila / Grand Prix Grandpa, announcer
56 Arnold's Thanksgiving Grandpa, Peter
57 Girl Trouble / School Dance Grandpa, talent agent
58b The Flood Grandpa
59 School Play Grandpa
60 Parents Day Grandpa
65b Oskar Can't Read? Grandpa
66 Headless Cabbie / Friday the 13th Grandpa, Cabbie, man with golden arm
67a Helga's Parrot Grandpa
68b Weighing Harold Jolly Olly Man, Skip
70a Grudge Match Grandpa
70 Veterans Day Grandpa, Sergeant 2
72a Back to School Grandpa
73a Weird Cousin Grandpa
74 Helga Sleepwalks / Fighting Families Grandpa, Carl
75 Monkeyman! / Buses, Bikes, and Subways Grandpa, Earl, Midget #1
76a Grandpa's Sister Grandpa
77b Mr. Green Runs Grandpa, foreman
79 Dino Checks Out Grandpa, guard at theater
80 Summer Love Grandpa, salesman
82 Gerald's Game / Fishing Trip Grandpa, Dr. Steiglitz, movie ticket seller, resort announcer
83a Bag of Money Grandpa, policeman
85b Rhonda Goes Broke Grandpa
86a Helga's Locket Grandpa, jeweler
87b Old Iron Man Grandpa, TV announcer
91b Rich Guy Grandpa, Robot
92b The Racing Mule Grandpa, Russell Bains
93 On the Lam / Family Man Grandpa / Cop #3 / Rockwell
94b Grandpa's Packard Grandpa / Jolly Olly Man / Ivana / Marv
97a Timberly Loves Arnold Grandpa
Film Hey Arnold! The Movie Grandpa / Nick Vermicelli / Jolly Olly Man (uncredited)
98 April Fool's Day Grandpa / Wyatt
99-100 The Journal Grandpa / Local Priest
Film Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Grandpa

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