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Every Simpsons Character That Harry Shearer Used to Voice

By Gerald Lynch on at

Grab a hanky guys. With Harry Shearer announcing his departure from The Simpsons, the show has lost an integral member of its voice cast. With the veteran animation through all its 26 seasons so far, Shearer was the voice for dozens and dozens of characters, from stalwarts like Mr Burns and Ned Flanders through to one-off characters too.

In case you were wondering just how big a hole he's going to leave in the show, here's as complete a list as can be found of all The Simpsons characters Harry Shearer has regularly voiced.

Which Simpsons Characters Did Harry Shearer Voice?

Deep breath...

  • Mr Burns
  • Kent Brockman
  • Ned Flanders
  • Dr Julius Hibbert
  • Scratchy
  • Lenny
  • Reverend Lovejoy
  • Otto
  • Kang the Extraterrestrial
  • Dr Marvin Monroe
  • Dewey Largo (Lisa's Music teacher)
  • Police officer Eddie
  • Radioactive Man
  • Principal Skinner
  • Waylon Smithers
  • Judge Roy Snyder
  • Maggie Simpson (shared role)
  • Jebediah Springfield
  • Rainier Wolfcastle
  • Lion tamer Ernst
  • Birchibald "Birch" T. Barlow
  • Jasper Beardly
  • State Comptroller Atkins (shared role)
  • Springfield University student Benjamin
  • KBBL Radio host Marty
  • (One of) The Happy Little Elves
  • Herman Hermann
  • Sanjay Nahasapeemepetilon
  • Springfield's Old Barber (shared role)
  • Dr. J. Loren Pryor
  • Reporter Dave Shutton

...and they're just the characters he played on a regular basis. How about Ugolin, the French winemaker that Bart spends time as a foreign exchange student with? Sebastian Cobb, the monorail scientist? Nigel, the manager of Homer's barbershop quartet the Be-Sharps? Coach Clay? Colonel Burns? Even "President" Arnold Schwarzenegger? All were voiced by Shearer, as well as countless other one-offs and background characters.

With an animated series, losing a star can sometimes be considered not too big a deal. After all, the artists can continue to draw the characters, and the will look identical whoever voices them. But Shearer's characters, from the diddly-doo-ing Flanders to the cackling Burns are so entrenched in the show, so well known, that they're unlikely to ever feel the same again. Here's hoping he has a change of heart, or at least returns the The Simpsons for the odd special appearance.