We all know the notable actor who is also a comedian and a voice artist as well as a producer named Hank Azaria. He came to the limelight after he played a major role in the popular animated comedy series which was aired on television named The Simpsons. The show is continuing for a very long period of time. The show started in 1989 till now it has 32 seasons. The show was created by a popular creator named Matt Groening. In the animated series, we can find the story of the life of working-class people as well as the parodies of American culture and society. The main concept of the series was to portray everything in a satirical way. Apart from the success that he received from the series, he also played major roles in many hit movies, namely Godzilla, Run Fatboy Run, and The Smurfs. We can also see him playing major supporting roles in the popular American series named Mad About You.
Other than that, he also played the role of the lead character in one of the most popular comedy series of America named Huff. The show continued till its second season. Being such a prominent actor on the small screen, he earned many more praises and appreciation not only from the people but also from the critics. He earned a total of six Emmy awards for his significant roles on the small screen. Not only does his skills limit to the field of acting, but he is also counted under the list of one of the greatest directors and producers. We have all watched the short film named Nobody’s Perfect, which is directed by Azaria. Other than being the director of the popular short movie, he also the role of the lead character in the movie. We all know how graceful his acting skills are but what we don’t know is he is a pro poker player. He took part not once but twice in the popular game show of America named Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Childhood and Education
Born on the 25th of April in 1964 in the beautiful city of Queens, which is in New York City, was a popular actor of America named Henry Albert Azaria, or as we may know him, Hank Azaria. He has an Eastern Sephardic Jewish family. His father’s name is Ruth was a dress manufacturer by profession, and his mother, Albert Azaria is a homemaker who, earlier that is, before marrying Azaria’s father, was a publicist in Columbia Pictures. He was not the only kid in the family but had two sisters as well. For his schooling, he attended the Kew Forest School, which is in the Forest Hills. When Azaria was a teenager of 16years, he played a major role in a school play. He became more interested in acting after his graceful performance in the play.
After his schooling years, he attended the popular university named Tufts University. In his college years, he studied more about drama. At the time of his college, he and Oliver Platt became pals. Both being passionate about acting, playing roles in many productions and stage shows. Out of all the plays and production they participated in, the most significant was the famous play by Shakespeare named The Merchant of Venice. Having no experience of acting and being underconfident about his acting skills, he attends the popular Drama school named American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Though from a very early age, he decided to have his career in the field of acting for his lack of confidence, he never believed that he could have a successful career in acting. But as it is said, there is no success until taking the risk, and Azaria did the same. He took the risk before he regretted not trying to be one of the best actors. And guess what? Not only did he have a successful career but is counted under the list of one of the greatest actor.
Hank Azaria, along with his college pal named Oliver Platt, opened their own company with the name Big Theatre. After opening the company, they staged their first play, which was titled The Dumb Waiter was written by Harold Pinter. But being in the company for some years, he thought of having more opportunities and henceforth joined the small screen. To find works on the small screen, he moved to Los Angeles. Soon enough, he made his debut on the small screen with the popular television show of America, which was a comedy-drama series named Joe Bash. He played a role in only one episode. The creator of the show was a popular creator named Danny Arnold. But for some reason or the other, the part of his role was cut out before the show was aired on television.
After some time, he made another appearance in the television film named Frank Nitti: The Enforcer. With the success of the television film, he earned more and more roles. Later he appeared in one of the episodes of the comedy series named Family Ties. We can also see him in one of the episodes of the popular series named Growing Pains. Being one of the popular faces on the small screen, he also did some shows as a standup comedian. Other than that, to support his income, he took up some jobs of being a bartender in a catering firm.
The turning point in his career came when he started working as a voice artist for the popular animated television series named The Simpsons. With his voice in the popular series, he gradually started coming to the limelight. The storyline of this series is about an American family who lives in a fictional town named Springfield. The series revolves around the parody of American society and culture and portraying it sarcastically. He lends his voice to a lot of characters, namely the character named Moe Szyslak, who was the town bartender, as well as Bumblebee Man. With being a part of the show, he received more and more praises and appreciation from the critics as well as from the audience. Other than that, he also earned the prestigious Emmy Awards for his work as a voice artist.
1991 in September, he was offered to play the role of one of the main characters in the show named Herman’s Head. The movie was under the comedy genre. The show was directed by two of the most popular creators named Andy Geurdat and Steve Kreinberg. The show broadcasted for a total of three seasons. Talking more about his appearance on the small screen, he appeared in a supporting role in the popular American sitcom named Friends. Other than that, he also lends his voice to the popular character named Eddie Brock in some of the episodes in the superhero animated series named Spiderman- The Animated Series.
Apart from his appearance in popular television shows, he made his debut on the big screen with the movie named Pretty Woman. The movie was premiered in 1990 under the genre of romantic comedy. The movie was directed by a popular director named Garry Marshall. The movie, with its awesome cast, made a huge success and resulted in being a commercial hit. With being a part of so many movies and television series, his skills improved, and he earned more and more roles not only on the small screen but also on the big screen. In the following years, he earned more and more roles in different movies, namely Now and Then, which was released in 1995, Anastasia, which was premiered in 1997.
Other than that, he also played major roles in the movie name Great Expectations, which was released in 1998. In the decade of the 2000s, he also did other movies named America’s Sweethearts, which was released in 2001. In that very decade, he played major roles in the movie named Shattered Glass which was released in 2003. Apart from that, in 2007, he played parts in two super hit movies, namely Simpsons Movie, which was released in 2007, Run Fatboy Run, which was premiered in 2007. After some time in 2010, he played a major role in the movie named Love and Other Drugs, which was premiered in the year 2010.
Other than that, he played the role of the lead character in the television show named Huff. The show had its first season aired in 2004. In that movie, he played the role of the character who is a psychiatrist, but his life changed upside down when one of his clients attempted suicide and died in his office. The show was directed by Bob Lowry. In the show, he worked with the popular cast of Paget Brewster, Anton Yelchin, Andy Comeau, Kimberly Brooks, as well as Faith Prince.
Apart from this, he also played the role of the supporting character in the famous fictional monster movie named Godzilla. The movie was premiered in 1998. The director of the movie was none other than Ronald Emmerich. The cast of this movie other than Azaria included Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo as well as Kevin Dunn. The movie not only made a huge commercial success but also earned many awards. But for some reason or the other, the reviews of the movie received from the critics were not much overwhelming. Another animation series of the movie was released to have the movie continue. The animated series was aired on the popular channel named Fox Network.
Apart from his other roles as an actor and as a voice actor, we can also see him in the movie named The Smurfs. The movie was directed by the popular director we all love named Raja Gosnell. The movie was a successful adaptation of the popular comic series of the same name. The movie was premiered in June 2011 and later became a huge success. After a couple of years, that is, by 2013, the second installation of the movie was released with the title The Smurfs.
Not only does the list of his movies and shows stops here, but rather continues further. He played a lead role in the popular television series named Free Agents, which was broadcasted in 2011. Other than that, he also played the role of the character named Ed Cochran in the television series named Ray Donovan, which was broadcasted from 2014 and continued till 2016. In the following year, he played the role of the character named Jim Brockmire, which was the lead role of the series named Brockmire. The series had its first episode aired in April of 2017. The series continued till the 6th of May in 2020. We can also see his role in the popular television movie named The Wizard of Lies. In that movie, he played a major role. After some time, he played the character of a major supporting role in the movie named Norman. We have listed so many of his movie and television series and shows that the list is almost never-ending. To add more to his list of successes, he has voiced many characters in different video games.
With being such a great actor and never limiting himself to a particular field, he tried out many fields of the entertainment industry. That is apart from being an actor; he is also a prominent voice artist, a comedian, a television producer, a writer, and a film director as well. The amount that he earned by performing in one episode is somewhere estimated to be $300 thousand. With all these, Hank Azaria’s Net Worth is somewhere estimated to be $90million.
Awards and nominations
Being such a prominent star as well as having a list of other career fields including voice artist, a comedian, a television producer, a writer, and a film director as well, our very favorite Hanks Azaria has a never-ending list of awards. He earned the Emmy Awards a total of six times. He earned his first-ever Primetime Emmy Awards in 1998 for his voicing skills in the popular television series named The Simpsons. He won the awards under the category of Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. After a couple of years, that is, in 2000, he earned another Primetime Emmy award for the popular television series named Tuesdays with Morrie. He won the award under the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Apart from that, in 2001 as well as in 2003, he earned the Primetime Emmy Awards for the popular series named The Simpsons. He won both the awards under the category of Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. Later in 2015, he earned another Primetime Emmy Award for the series named The Simpsons under the category Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. In the following year, that is in 2016; he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Awards for the television series named Ray Donovan under the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Apart from his Emmy Awards, he has also been awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award as well as Annie Award.
I would say that Hank Azaria’s personal life is not much complicated, unlike others. In his early career days are in the early-1900s, he dated the popular actress named Julie Warner. But for some reason or the other, the couple broke up. After that, he started dating the renowned actress Helen Hunt. The couple tied the knot in 1999. But for some reason or the other, the marriage could not continue more than a year. The couple parted their ways legally after Azaria’s wife Hunt filed for divorce. After some years that is by 2007, he tied the knot with the popular star we all love named Katie Wright. After a couple of years, that is in 2009; they became parents to a beautiful baby boy.