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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 Dumb Waiter."

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 Consumption."

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