Entertainment TV & Film Who Voices Which Character on 'The Simpsons'? Some actors portray more than a dozen characters each Share PINTEREST Email Print Tomchen1989/seeklogo.com TV & Film TV Shows Comedies Dramas Shows For Kids Movies By Nancy Basile Nancy Basile Nancy Basile is an entertainment writer who specializes in cartoons, comic books, and other elements of pop culture. She has more than two decades of experience writing. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/19/18 The cast members of "The Simpsons" were veteran voice-over actors even before bringing to life our favorite dysfunctional cartoon family on prime time's longest-running comedy. Each brings unique talents to every episode. In fact, they're so versatile that you might not even know which actor does which voice. 01 of 09 Proving Their Value ©2007 FOX BROADCASTING "The Simpsons" cast made headlines in 1998 and 2004 when they went on strike during contract negotiations. The actors were demanding more money per episode, while the network wanted to slash their pay. The actors pointed out that "The Simpsons" is a multibillion-dollar industry including merchandising and syndication. Eventually, the cast won the argument. In 2011, a new tension brewed during contract negotiations, but the dispute was resolved. Each cast member makes well into six figures for each episode. 02 of 09 Dan Castellaneta CR: Michael Yarish/FOX ©2009 Dan Castellaneta voices a number of characters on "The Simpsons," including the star of the show, Homer Simpson. He has appeared in other TV shows, such as "Bones," and has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance on "The Simpsons." Character voices Castellaneta has played include: Homer Simpson Grampa Abraham Simpson Barney Gumble Krusty the Clown Groundskeeper Willie Mayor Quimby Hans Moleman Sideshow Mel Itchy Kodos Gil Poochie Squeaky-Voiced Teen Mr. Burn's Lawyer Mr. Teeny (Krusty's monkey) Bill Clinton 03 of 09 Nancy Cartwright FOX Nancy Cartwright grew up in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Los Angeles, where legendary voice actor Daws Butler coached her into the voice-over actress she is today. She wrote "My Life As a 10-Year-Old Boy" a book about her career and the impact "The Simpsons" has had on her life. Nancy has voiced dozens of characters over the years, including Rufus on "Kim Possible" and Chuckie on "Rugrats." In 1992 she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her work as Bart in "Separate Vocations." Characters Nancy has voiced include: Bart SimpsonNelson MuntzRalph WiggumTodd FlandersKearneyDatabase 04 of 09 Julie Kavner Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic Julie Kavner had already made a name for herself as a comedic actress on "Rhoda" before signing on to "The Simpsons." In 1992, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. The three characters Julie has voiced are: Marge SimpsonPatty BouvierSelma Bouvier 05 of 09 Yeardley Smith CR: Craig Strobeck/FOX Yeardley Smith is one of two actresses on "The Simpsons" to perform only one character. She does the voice of Lisa Simpson and won an Emmy in 1992 for "Lisa the Greek." She also found success in live-action TV shows such as "Dharma & Greg" and "Herman's Head" and movies such as "City Slickers" and "As Good As It Gets." 06 of 09 Hank Azaria CR:Carin Baer/FOX Hank Azaria is a busy man who has starred in dozens of films and TV shows in addition to the stable of characters he voices on "The Simpsons." He is most recognized for "The Smurfs," "Huff," "Night at the Museum," and "The Birdcage." He has won three Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance on "The Simpsons" as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in "Tuesdays with Morrie" in 2000. Hank has voiced: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon Moe Szyslak Chief Clancy Wiggum Comic Book Guy Carl Dr. Nick Riviera Capt. McCallister Superintendent Chalmers Professor Frink Cletus Bumblebee Man Snake Kirk Van Houten Drederick Tatum Pyro (aka Chase) 07 of 09 Harry Shearer Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images Harry Shearer is a talented interviewer, talking with folks for his radio show, and is famous for his role of Derek Smalls in "This Is Spinal Tap." He also starred in "A Mighty Wind." On "The Simpsons" he plays some of the biggest characters in Springfield. In 2014, he finally won an Emmy Award for Best Voice-Over Performance. Characters he has voiced include: C. Montgomery BurnsWaylon SmithersNed FlandersPrincipal SkinnerReverend LovejoyDr. Julius HibbertKent BrockmanScratchyOttoJasperLennyWolfcastle/McBainKangHermanGeorge BushJudge Snyder 08 of 09 Pamela Hayden Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Pamela Hayden can pitch her voice to play young boys or pleasant women. She is heard in other cartoons than "The Simpsons," such as "Hey Arnold!" and "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters." Characters Pamela has voiced include: Milhouse Van HoutenRod FlandersJaney PowellJimbo JonesMalibu StacySarah Wiggum 09 of 09 Marcia Wallace Angela Weiss/Getty Images Marcia Wallace was wonderful as the cynical, sarcastic, sexy Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" and won an Emmy in 1992 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. She was already known for her roles in live-action TV shows such as "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Young and the Restless." Sadly, she died on Oct. 26, 2013, and Edna Krabappel was retired from the show. "The Simpsons" acknowledged Wallace's death in "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" when Bart's chalkboard gag in the opening sequence was a single line: "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." Also, in "The Man Who Grew Too Much," Ned Flanders is seen wearing a black armband and mourning Edna, whose portrait joined that of Maude Flanders, who died on the show.