HANK AZARIA (Walter Plane) was recently the voice
of 'Bartok' the albino bat in "Anastasia," released
by Twentieth Century Fox. He made an indelible impression on audiences
and critics for his role as 'Agador Spartacus', the scenestealing
Guatemalan houseboy in "The Birdcage." He was also seen
as a bumbling detective in the comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank."
Azaria appeared in the action thriller "Heat," with
Al Pacino and directed by Michael Mann. In Robert Redford's "Quiz
Show," Azaria portrayed 'Al Freedman', a television producer
who is instrumental in rigging a game show. Azaria was also seen
in Garry Marshall's blockbuster comedy "Pretty Woman"
and had a cameo role in New Line's "Now and Then."
On television, Azaria starred in the romantic comedy "If
Not for You" with Elizabeth McGovern. He is also the voice
of several key characters on Fox's long-running comedy series
"The Simpsons." Azaria starred in Fox's innovative sitcom
"Herman's Head" and appeared in the recurring role of
'Net' the dog walker on "Mad About You."
Azaria trained at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic
Arts in New York, and played the title role in a production of
"Hamlet" at Columbia University. He continued his theater
studies at Tufts University, where he appeared in productions
of such plays as "Uncle Vanya," "The Merchant of
Venice," "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" and "The
He subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where he further honed his
skills under the direction of Roy London. He experimented in improvisational
and sketch comedy, becoming a favorite at local comedy clubs,
and cowrote "An Evening on Thin Ice," which was
presented at "The Comedy Store." Azaria also
won the DramaLogue Award for his work in the play "Conspicuous
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