HANK AZARIA (Animal) recently starred opposite Gwyneth
Paltrow in Great Expectations. Last year, he appeared with John
Cusack and Dan Aykroyd in Grosse Pointe Blank, and in 1995 he
won kudos for his scene-stealing portrayal of Guatemalan houseboy
Agador Spartacus in Mike Nichols' The Birdcage, starring Robin
Williams and Nathan Lane.
Azaria, who is the voice of many celebrated characters on the
long-running comedy series, "The Simpsons," also gave
voice to Bartok, the comical bat, in the animated feature Anastasia,
opposite the voice of Meg Ryan.
Azaria will also appear in the forthcoming Mystery, Alaska, and
lend his voice talents to the animated feature Planet Ice, both
slated for release next year. He is starring with Billy Bob Thornton
in the upcoming Homegrown, a black comedy about pot plantation
Additional film credits include Michael Mann's action-thriller
Heat, Now and Then, produced by Demi Moore, and Garry Marshall's
Pretty Woman. He also turned in a bravura performance as Al Freedman,
a television producer caught up in the behind-the-scenes machinations
of tainted television game shows in Robert Redford's Quiz Show.
On television, Azaria starred in the CBS romantic comedy, "If
Not For You," as well as the innovative comedy series "Herman's
Head." He appears in a recurring role on the NBC series
"Mad About You" as Nat, the idiosyncratic dog walker.
The part began as a one-episode commitment, but the response
to Nat was so incredible that he became a permanent member of
the series' popular ensemble.
Azaria trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New
York and played Hamlet in a Columbia University production of
"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." 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 Caf"
and "The Dumb Waiter." He subsequently moved to Los
Angeles, where he became a favorite at local comedy clubs. He
co-wrote "An Evening on Thin Ice," which was presented
at The Comedy Store. He also won a DramaLogue Award for his work
in the play, "Conspicuous Consumption."
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