Harry Shearer

Biography: "Hollywood Lifer" does not even begin to describe Harry Shearer. True, the actor/writer/musician has been around for as long as many remember, but he is no hack.

Harrison Shearer got his big break in the pilot of the 1957-63 sitcom Leave It To Beaver, in which he played the original Eddie Haskell. The role was recast in future episodes, though he appeared as a different character later on in the first season.

Shearer resurfaced in the mid-70's as a comedian in Los Angeles, writing and occasionally performing on Laverne & Shirley, Fernwood 2Night, and America 2Night. He eventually landed a gig on Saturday Night Live, where he performed and wrote sketches during the 1979-80 season, then came back to do the same in 1984-85. Shearer never fit the SNL mold on either attempt, blaming the show's producers for not giving him enough exposure or attention. When he resigned from the show January 13, 1985, a press release cited "creative differences" for his departure. Shearer
clarified the quote by saying, "I was creative and they were different."

However, his greatest fame came from two completely different entities: as bassist Derek Smalls in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, and as the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Reverend Lovejoy, and many others as welll as the voices from some guest stars on the hit TV series The Simpsons.

Shearer has worked as various other occupations apart from showbiz. He worked as a freelance journalist and a high school teacher after he finished his degree at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He also hosted a comedy radio show Le Show that became intensely popular during it's run.

He has had two wives. The first, he divorced in 1977. His current wife, Judith Owen, has been married to him since 1993.

Harry Shearer's Scores

Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 85 This Is Spinal Tap (re-release)
Lowest Metascore: 32 Godzilla
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
11 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
54 The Big Uneasy May 20, 2011 Director / Narration 6.0
80 The Simpsons Movie Jul 27, 2007 Scratchy/Mr. Burns/Rev. Lovejoy/Ned Flanders/Lenny/Skull/President Arnold Schwarzenegger/Kent Brockman/Principal Skinner/Dr. Hibbert/Smithers/Toll Booth Man/Gua 7.5
68 For Your Consideration Nov 17, 2006 Victor Allan Miller 6.0
48 Chicken Little Nov 4, 2005 Dog Announcer 5.2
81 A Mighty Wind Apr 16, 2003 Mark Shubb 7.5
32 Teddy Bears' Picnic Mar 29, 2002 Director / Executive Producer / Written By / Joey Lavin 0.5
55 CyberWorld Oct 6, 2000 Ned Flanders/Dr. Julius Hibbert/Rev. Timothy Lovejoy 8.4
85 This Is Spinal Tap (re-release) Sep 8, 2000 Written By / Derek Smalls 8.9
65 Dick Aug 4, 1999 G. Gordon Liddy 8.5
32 Godzilla May 19, 1998 Charles Caiman / Charles Caiman, WIDF Anchor 5.0
61 The Fisher King Sep 20, 1991 Sitcom Actor Ben Starr 8.4