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HANK AZARIA's (Claude) ability to transform himself into a multitude of characters has made him one of the most sought-after actors today.

Azaria was most recently seen in the feature Shattered Glass, starring alongside Hayden Christensen and Chloë Sevigny. Last summer, the actor starred in the London West End production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, opposite Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver.

Azaria will soon be seen starring in Eulogy, with Winona Ryder, Zooey Deschanel and Debra Winger. He will also star in and produce the Showtime drama pilot Huff. He also recently co-wrote, produced and directed the short film, Ray's X-ray Vision.

Azaria provides the voices for several key characters on the animated hit comedy series The Simpsons. He has won three Emmys for his work on the show—including a recent 2003 win. Azaria has also been nominated for a 2003 Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Comedy for his role as David (Phoebe's scientist guy) on NBC's hit Friends.

Last year, he starred in the NBC mini-series, Uprising, which told the story of Jewish resistance fights in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

Azaria starred with Jack Lemmon in the acclaimed ABC telefilm Tuesdays with Morrie. This true story had been on The New York Times' best-seller list for almost two years. Produced by Oprah Winfrey Presents, Azaria portrayed Mitch Albom, a journalist inspired by his ailing former teacher and mentor's lessons about life. His portrayal earned him an Emmy Award and a SAG Award nomination. That same year, he played Professor Groteschele in CBS' live television broadcast of Fail Safe. The Golden Globenominated and Emmy Award-winning telefilm was based on the early 1960's novel of the same name.

Azaria received critical acclaim and a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for his memorable turn as Agador Spartacus, the scene-stealing Guatemalan houseboy, in Mike Nichols' smash hit, The Birdcage. His portrayal of television producer Al Freedman in Robert Redford's Academy Award®-nominated Quiz Show also garnered him critical praise.

His other feature credits include Bark; America's Sweethearts; Cradle Will Rock; Mystery Men; Mystery, Alaska; Godzilla; Great Expectations; Celebrity; Heat; Grosse Point Blank; Now and Then; and Pretty Woman. He also lent his voice to Fox's animated feature Anastasia, as Bartok, the comical bat. He reprised the role in the video sequel, Bartok the Magnificent.

Azaria was also nominated for an Emmy and for his recurring role as Nat the dog walker on NBC's Mad About You.

Azaria trained at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and played Hamlet in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Columbia University. He continued his theater studies at Tufts University, appearing in such plays as Uncle Vanya, The Merchant of Venice, The Ballad of the Sad Café and The Dumb Waiter.

After moving to Los Angeles, Azaria studied under the direction of Roy London. Experimenting in improv and sketch comedy, he became a favorite at the local comedy clubs and co-wrote An Evening on Thin Ice, which was presented at Theatre-Theatre. Azaria also won a Dramalogue Award for his performance in Conspicuous Consumption.


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