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$65 Million

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Harry Julius Shearer was born on the 23th December 1943, in Los Angeles, California USA, and he is known as a man of many talents. He works as a comedian, actor, voice artist, director, producer, host, musician, etc. However, he is best known to the world for being a voice artist in the TV series “The Simpsons”. Besides that, he is also recognized by his work at the “Saturday Night Live”. His career has been active since the 1950s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Harry Shearer is? According to sources, it is estimated that Shearer’s net worth is $65 million; his salary per TV episode is $300,000. The main source of this amount of money is his career in the entertainment industry. Additional to this, Shearer has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, which have also added to his net worth.

Harry Shearer Net Worth $65 Million

Harry Shearer was raised in Los Angeles, by his parents, Mack Shearer and Dora Warren, who were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Austria. He started earning money working for the school newspaper “Daily Bruin”, during his studies at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), before he continued his education at Harvard University. Soon after, he decided to leave The University and pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Shearer’s professional career began when he was still a child; he had his first audition at the age of four. When he was seven years old, he appeared in the Jack Benny Program, even before he made his debut film appearance in the “Abbot and Costello Go to Mars” (1953). In the same year he was also cast in the film “The Robe” (1953). Until the beginning of the 1960s, Shearer appeared in various TV series, including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1957), “Leave It To Beaver” (1957), “The Reader’s Digest” (1955-1956), and several others. After he appeared in the pilot episode of “Leave It to Beaver”, his parents thought it would be better for him to leave the acting world until his childhood ended. Regardless, from 1969 to 1976, he was a member of the radio comedy group called “The Credibility Gap”, alongside Michael McKean, David Lander and Richard Beebe.

Shearer continued with acting in 1976, appearing in an episode of the TV series “Serpico”, and in 1977, he was featured in the film “American Raspberry”. In 1979, he was hired as a writer for the Saturday Night Live show, but left in 1980 after an argument with other writers and cast members; nevertheless, the show inspired him to develop more as a writer, which resulted in a film creation in 1984 entitled “The Spinal Tap”, which increased his net worth by a large margin, as the film became a major success. In 1989, Shearer was hired as a member of the animated TV series “The Simpsons”, which became a main source of his net worth, considering the longevity of the series, and that his salary is $300,000 per episode. During the show, Shearer has voiced numerous characters, including Kent Brockman, Ned Flanders, Charles Montgomery Burns, Seymour Skinner, and several others.

To speak further of his successful career in the entertainment industry, Harry has appeared in the TV series “Nixon’s The One” (2013), as President Richard Nixon, “Dawson’s Creek” (2001-2002), “Friends” (1995), and numerous others, which have contributed to his net worth. He has also made numerous film appearances, such as in “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” (2002), which he also directed, “The Simpson Movie” (2007), and “The Truman Show”, to mention a few.

Overall, Shearer has appeared in more than 160 TV and film titles, during his 60 year long career, and for his achievements, Harry has been rewarded with several prestigious awards, including the Primetime Emmy award for the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for the “Simpsons”, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the St. Louis International Film Festival.

During his career, Harry has also dabbled in radio programs; he has run the radio program entitled “Le Show” from 1983 until 2013 on KCRW, but then switched to KCSN. For his accomplishment in the entertainment industry, he has several Grammy Award nominations. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category.

Speaking about Harry Shearer’s personal life, it is known that he has married twice. His first wife was Penelope J. Nichols, from whom he divorced in 1977. His second wife is Judith Owen, an American actress and singer; they have been married since 1993. They live in three places – Santa Monica, New Orleans and London. He is also recognized as a big supporter of several charities and foundations, such as “Dream Foundation”, “Live Earth”, “ActionAid”, etc.


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Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance The Simpsons (1989)
2011 Rogue Award Ashland Independent Film Festival
2011 Visionary Award Washington DC Independent Film Festival The Big Uneasy (2010)
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award St. Louis International Film Festival
2004 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Cast A Mighty Wind (2003) · Bob Balaban
· Ed Begley Jr.
· Jennifer Coolidge
· Christopher Guest
· Laura Harris
· John Michael Higgins
· Michael Hitchcock
· Linda Kash
· Don Lake
· Eugene Levy
· Jane Lynch
· Michael Mantell
· Michael McKean
· Larry Miller
· Christopher Moynihan
· Catherine O'Hara
· Jim Piddock
· Parker Posey
· Deborah Theaker
· Fred Willard
2003 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Music A Mighty Wind (2003) · Christopher Guest (songs)
· John Michael Higgins (songs)
· Eugene Levy (songs)
· Michael McKean (songs)
· Catherine O'Hara (songs)
· Annette O'Toole (songs)
· C.J. Vanston (songs)
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best DVD Audio Commentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984) · Christopher Guest
· Michael McKean
1988 ACE CableACE Awards Original Song This Week Indoors (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role The Simpsons (1989)
2015 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical The Simpsons (1989) · Dan Castellaneta
· Julie Kavner
· Nancy Cartwright
· Yeardley Smith
· Hank Azaria
· Tress MacNeille
· Pamela Hayden
· Maggie Roswell
· Russi Taylor
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical The Simpsons (1989) · Dan Castellaneta
· Julie Kavner
· Nancy Cartwright
· Yeardley Smith
· Hank Azaria
· Tress MacNeille
· Pamela Hayden
· Maggie Roswell
· Marcia Wallace
2014 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Villain The Simpsons (1989)
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical The Simpsons (1989)
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice-Over Performance The Simpsons (1989)
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Album For the album "Songs Pointed and Pointless"
2008 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance The Simpsons (1989)
2006 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance For Your Consideration (2006) · Bob Balaban
· Jennifer Coolidge
· Christopher Guest
· John Michael Higgins
· Eugene Levy
· Jane Lynch
· Michael McKean
· Catherine O'Hara
· Parker Posey
· Fred Willard
2004 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast A Mighty Wind (2003) · Bob Balaban
· Ed Begley Jr.
· Jennifer Coolidge
· Paul Dooley
· Christopher Guest
· John Michael Higgins
· Michael Hitchcock
· Don Lake
· Eugene Levy
· Jane Lynch
· Michael McKean
· Larry Miller
· Christopher Moynihan
· Catherine O'Hara
· Parker Posey
· Fred Willard
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting A Mighty Wind (2003) · Bob Balaban
· Ed Begley Jr.
· Jennifer Coolidge
· Christopher Guest
· Laura Harris
· John Michael Higgins
· Michael Hitchcock
· Linda Kash
· Don Lake
· Eugene Levy
· Jane Lynch
· Michael Mantell
· Michael McKean
· Larry Miller
· Christopher Moynihan
· Catherine O'Hara
· Jim Piddock
· Parker Posey
· Deborah Theaker
· Fred Willard
2001 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance The Simpsons (1989)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live (1975) · Peter Aykroyd (writer)
· Anne Beatts (writer)
· Tom Davis (writer)
· James Downey (writer)
· Brian Doyle-Murray (writer)
· Al Franken (writer)
· Tom Gammill (writer)
· Lorne Michaels (writer)
· Matt Neuman (writer)
· Don Novello (writer)
· Sarah Paley (writer)
· Max Pross (writer)
· Herbert Sargent (writer)
· Tom Schiller (writer)
· Rosie Shuster (writer)
· Alan Zweibel (writer)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series America 2-Night (1978) · Alan Thicke (writer)
· John Boni (writer)
· Norman Stiles (writer)
· Jeremy Stevens (writer)
· Tom Moore (writer)
· Bob Illes (writer)
· James R. Stein (writer)
· Tom Dunsmuir (writer)
· Dan Wilcox (writer)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Music A Mighty Wind (2003) · Catherine O'Hara
· Annette O'Toole
· Christopher Guest
· C.J. Vanston
· Michael McKean
· Eugene Levy
· John Michael Higgins

TitleSalary
The Simpsons (1989) $300,000 per episode (2011-)
The Simpsons (1989) $125,000 per episode (1998-2004)
The Simpsons (1989) $30,000 per episode (1989-1998)
The Simpsons (1989) $400,000 -$440,000 per episode (2008-2011)
The Simpsons (1989) $250,000 -$360,000 per episode (2004-2008)

#Fact
1 In his lawsuit against distribution companies Vivendi and StudioCanal, he is represented by Peter Haviland at Ballard Spahr LLP.[October 17 2016].
2 Filed a $125 million lawsuit against distribution companies Vivendi and StudioCanal for fraud, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of Good faith and Fair dealing.[October 17 2016].
3 In his lawsuit against distribution companies Vivendi and StudioCanal he is seeking $125 million in compensatory and punitive damages .[October 17 2016].
4 He named his five favorite film as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), To Be or Not to Be (1942), Singin' in the Rain (1952), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and any Laurel and Hardy film.
5 Performed the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode of the television series Leave It to Beaver (1957). After the filming, Shearer's parents said they did not want him to be a regular in a series. Instead they wanted him to just do occasional work so that he could get a normal childhood. Shearer and his parents made the decision not to accept the role in the series if it was picked up by a television network.
6 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 171, pages 373-377. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
7 He's the only one of the six principal voice actors on The Simpsons (1989) not to have done a DVD commentary for the series.
8 The last primary member of the cast of The Simpsons (1989) to win an Emmy Award for his work on the show after finally taking the award home in 2014.
9 Although he was the second actor (after Chris Latta)to voice Mr. Burns on The Simpsons (1989), he was the first to utter the line "Smithers . . . release the hounds.".
10 One of three voice artists on The Simpsons (1989) to guest star on the show Friends (1994). The other two are Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria.
11 At 21 characters, he has the widest range of roles on The Simpsons (1989), including the maniacal Mr. Burns, local celebrity news anchor Kent Brockman and the Springfield God Squad Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders.
12 Is the voice of the announcer for between-show trivia tidbits and network commercials on TV Land.
13 Appeared in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) before being cast on The Simpsons (1989). In the episode "The Otto Show," Bart and Milhouse go to a Spinal Tap concert. Shearer, as well as Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, all reprised their roles. This marked the only time on the show that a cast member reprised a film role for the series and makes Shearer the only regular cast member to have done so.
14 His middle name is Julius, which is also the first name of Dr Hibbert, a character for which he does the voice on The Simpsons (1989).

#Quote
1 [on Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson] There are two towering figures in British music by the name of Thompson. Neither of them twins (The Thompson Twins).
2 I have to say about [The Simpsons]: Something that I've learned from my six years of psychoanalysis, which is one mark of adulthood is that you can hold two conflicting emotions about the same thing at the same time, two things can be true at the same time. So it is true that, as an actor on an insanely successful TV series, I am, by any standard of the human species, obscenely overpaid. It is also true that, as an actor on one of the most insanely successful television series of all time, I am getting royally screwed. Both things are true! [...] It's nobody's fault, it's what happens when you think you know what you want and you are determined to get it.
3 I write about broadcast indecency with something of a pedigree. Although it's not widely known - since the comedy group I was part of was not widely known - I was party to the first broadcast utterance of the word 'twat.'
4 [criticizing the decline in quality of The Simpsons (1989)] I rate the last three seasons as among the worst, so Season 4 looks very good to me now.
5 [asked how many characters on The Simpsons (1989) he voices] I think I do about 12 regular characters but I've been able to pad the resume with God, The Devil and Hitler.
6 [on which character in The Simpsons (1989) is hardest to voice] Burns requires lots of tea and honey.
7 If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?


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