Today is Dan Castellaneta's birthday! Happy birthday Dan! He is most well known for his voice acting in The Simpsons as Homer Simpson. However he also provides the voices for Grampa Simpson, Krusty, Mayor Quimby, Groundskeeper Willie, Barney and Moleman.
All of those characters are incredibly diverse in background and personality yet they share one thing in common all Simpsons characters share, they represent a cultural stereotype. Homer is the less than intelligent father who makes mistakes but does his best to make up for them. Grampa is the crotchety and forgetful senior who only wants people to listen. Krusty the Clown is a celebrity has-been grasping at straws through merchandising and selling out to any bidder. Mayor Quimby represents politicians through his incompetency and corruption. Groundskeeper Willie the frustrated foreigner works as a school janitor for almost nothing while Barney Gumble switches between a bumbling drunk and recovering alcoholic. Then there's Moleman, probably the most indescribable Simpsons character. Perhaps he doesn't necessarily fit any stereotype but is pure comic relief. Whenever he appears he seems slightly pathetic but laughable. Moleman's most well known scene is from the eighteenth episode of the sixth season entitled, "A Star is Burns". There's a Springfield film festival where a video named, "Man Getting Hit By Football" features Moleman getting hit in the groin with a football. Still funny.
I digress. Happy Birthday Dan Castellaneta! I hope we have the pleasure of enjoying your voice acting for years to come!
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