Birth Date: September 10, 1958 / Age: 59
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Also Credited as: Dan Castellenetta
Biography: Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born September 10, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American actor who is best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons, and as the voice of the Genie in Disney's The Return of Jafar and the animated series Aladdin. He was a cast member on The Tracey Ullman Show, where The Simpsons first appeared on TV, as well.
He is also the voice of the leading character in the animated series Earthworm Jim and the narrator of the movie Super Mario Bros.. He released a comedy CD in 2002. In 2005, he appeared in Arrested Development as a deadpan doctor who misdiagnosed Jason Bateman's character and in the movie The War of the Roses he desires a divorce at the beginning of the movie. He also appeared in episodes of Frasier, Yes, Dear, Reba, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Stargate SG-1.
A native of Chicago, he was educated at the Oak Park and River Forest High School and Northern Illinois University. Upon graduation Castellaneta went on to work at Chicago's The Second City.
On The Simpsons, Castellaneta provides the voices for Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson (Grandpa), Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Joe Quimby, Hans Moleman, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, Kodos, Arnie Pie, Scott Christian, and other characters.
He has also played Grandpa on the Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold! and the Things on the movie Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. In 1999 he played as the comedic Nordom the anti-Modron in the computer game Planescape: Torment. He voiced the Robot Devil in Futurama and in 2002 he voiced the Genie in the RPG Kingdom Hearts.
On February 22, 2000, his first CD Two Lips was published, followed by his second CD on April 23, 2002 I Am Not Homer (both on Oglio Records).
Spouse: Deb Lacusta (1987 - present)
Former member of Chicago Second City
Graduated from the class of 1975 from Oak Park River Forest High School
At first, for the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan tried to imitate Walter Matthau, but he had trouble with certain emotional registers and intonations with the voice, so he slightly changed the present voice of Homer beginning at the beginning of the second season of "The Simpsons".
His voice characterization of Krusty the Clown on Fox-TV's "The Simpsons" was based on Chicago television legend Bob Bell who portrayed WGN-TV's Bozo from 1960-1984.
"Castellaneta" is the name of a city in Italy
Graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
In 2002, his trademark phrase "d'oh" from "The Simpsons" was considered valid, and added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
The phrase "d'oh" appears only as "Annoyed Grunt" in Simpsons scripts.
Homer Simpson, voiced by Castellaneta on "The Simpsons" (1989), was ranked #35 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Played Danny DeVito's client in The War of the Roses, and his brother on The Simpsons.
Once asked in an interview what "D'oh!" means. He replied that he thought "D'oh!", the trademark line of his "Simpsons" character Homer, was a euphamism for "damn".
According to the producers of The Simpsons, he is so in character when playing Homer Simpson that when he makes a mistake during a line reading it is the type of mistake Homer would make. For example, in the episode "Homer Goes To College," Homer chants "I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-R-T, I mean S-M-A-R-T!" His saying S-M-R-T was not scripted, improvised or even intended to be a joke, it was just a mistake.