Born on April 25:‌ ‌Hank Azaria

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Happy Birthday to Hank Azaria!  He is 56 years old today. He is known for his voice characterizations as a variety of characters in The Simpsons.[…]. [He also played in] The Birdcage, Godzilla, Mystery Men, America’s Sweethearts, Shattered Glass, Along Came Polly

“[He is] the son of Sephardic Jewish parents, Ruth Altcheck and Albert Azaria. His grandparents on both sides came from the Spanish-Jewish community established in Thessaloniki, Greece, after the 1492 exile from Spain. His family’s spoken language at home was Ladino (also known as Judaeo-Spanish), which Azaria has described as “a strange, antiquated Spanish dialect, written in Hebrew characters.” (Wikipedia) “I certainly feel most at home with Jewish characters,” he recently told JTA in a telephone interview. There was producer Al Freedman in the Academy Award-winning film “Quiz Show”; Mordechai Anielewicz, a leader of the Warsaw Ghetto revolt, in the TV movie “Uprising,” and the tortured composer Marc Blitzstein in “The Cradle Will Rock.” “These are real people who resisted power, and I feel a responsibility to portray them as honestly as I can,” Azaria said. “And yes, there’s a certain pride in portraying your own heritage. But I’m a character actor who plays every nationality and all walks of life.” (The Times of Israel)

Check his IMDB, Facebook, Wikipedia page or his Instagram, Twitter account for more information.

Hank Azaria breaks down in this video his most iconic voices and movie roles, from ‘Heat’ to ‘The Simpsons’

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