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‘Simpsons’ Characters You Might Not Know Were Voiced By Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria is by far the most versatile voice actor on The Simpsons. He voices everyone from Moe, to Apu, to Comic Book Guy, to Kirk Van Houten, to Cletus Spuckler. Oh, and Professor Frink. But can you name all of Azaria’s Simpsons characters? If you already knew that he voiced these characters, congratulations. You are in the 99th percentile of Simpsons fans.

Raphael

You may know Raphael as The Guy Who Talks Like Charles Bronson. He’s worked as a cashier at seemingly dozens of stores over the show’s run, and he most memorably noted that as a “fat, sarcastic Star Trek fan,” Comic Book Guy must be a devil with the ladies. When he told Homer he’d have to wait five days before he could buy a handgun, Homer disappointingly said, “I’d kill you if I had my gun,” to which Raphael replied, “Yeah, well, you don’t.” Clearly, it takes a lot to phase this guy.

Leon Kompowsky (kind of)

Okay, this one is a bit tricky. For most of “Stark Raving Dad,” Leon Kompowsky, the mental patient who thought he was Michael Jackson was voiced by Jackson himself (credited as John Jay Smith). At the end, however, when Kompowsky reveals that he’s at least partially aware that he’s not Michael Jackson, and he uses his soft voice to comfort others, the strong New Jersey accent that he actually speaks with is voiced by Azaria. Between Leon and Moe, Azaria really has Jersey down.

The “Just Stamp The Ticket” Guy

This perpetually surly character is best known for his appearance in “When Flanders Failed” (seen above), when Flanders learned that offering to validate parking without a purchase was a big mistake. We do see him in other episodes, though. In “Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy,” he punches Homer after Homer walks up to him and says, “You look like a man who needs help satisfying his wife,” while in “Bart of Darkness,” he punches a hippie for singing “Sunshine on My Shoulders” during the midst of a heat wave. Clearly, this guy is never in a good mood.

Old Jewish Man

Arguably the most senile resident of the Springfield Retirement Castle, we first see him in “Krusty Gets Kancelled,” where he drops his pants and sings “Old Gray Mare.” Later on, we would find out that he previously worked as a studio executive in Hollywood, where he wrote the alternate ending to Casablanca. Really, though, we’ll remember him dancing in his underwear.

Gabbo

Gabbo was the “bad widdle boy” who got Krusty’s show canceled, and Azaria provided the voice of everyone’s favorite (and eventually least favorite) ventriloquist dummy. While he only played a prominent role in one episode (and had brief cameos in a few others), he’s still a highly memorable character. Who didn’t love that spot-on Vin Scully impression?

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