“Simpsons” Actor Sues Over Rights To Character

    November 19, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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“Simpsons” actor Hank Azaria has appeared in a lot of projects over the years, but the funnyman is most popular for the characters he voices on the long-running animated sitcom. As Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, and the Comic Book Guy–among others–Azaria has made his career out of bringing characters to life. However, one character–sportscaster Jim Brockmire–is causing a bit of trouble for the actor, as he is now engaged in a legal battle with fellow actor Craig Bierko over the rights to the distinctive voice.

When a short featuring Brockmire became hugely successful on the site FunnyOrDie.com, Bierko claimed that he had a hand in creating the character and the special inflections in his voice. Azaria, however, says it’s just not true and is suing his former friend, along with his company, How To Pictures. Details of the lawsuit aren’t yet available, but it’s possible that things could get ugly considering the short was in talks to be made into a full-length motion picture.

  • http://none Kosh

    It wasn’t very funny. The movie would have tanked.

  • http://www.aaronlaird.com/ Dr. Aaron Laird (@AronLyrd)

    This seems very petty and arbitrary. I don’t honestly see the point of it.

  • Cain Cecum

    It seems to me that this voice is a mix of

    – Bob Uecker (Major League)
    – Jimmy Fallon’s wacky disc MMA announcer / disk jockey voice
    – Simpsons Azaria amalgamation like Kent Brockman (Simpson’s News guy)

    • Horace

      Hank Azaria has a ton more talent than Jimmy Fallon, if it sounds anything like a Jimmy Fallon character then you might as well just say it sounds like Jimmy Fallon.

  • Al Law

    people in showbiz are nuts!

  • Geoff

    Cain: Having not watched the video, I can still tell you that what you’re saying makes not sense. Kent Brockman just sounds like Harry Shearer holding his nose– not Hank Azaria.

  • Geoff

    *no sense.