In contrast to his on-screen character Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta is a vegetarian, a teetotaler, and he practices Tai Chi.
The American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter, is renowned for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. He voices many other characters on The Simpsons, including Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman.
Castellaneta started taking acting classes at a young age. After graduating from Northern Illinois University,he joined Chicago's Second City in 1983, and performed with the troupe until 1987. He was then cast in The Tracey Ullman Show, which debuted in 1987. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Castellaneta to voice Homer.
He has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on the show as well as an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation in 1993.