Harry Shearer, a Los Angeles native, began acting at the age of seven at the suggestion of his piano teacher-turned-agent. He made his film debut in the classic Abbott and Costello Go To Mars and had a small role in the first Cinemascope movie The Robe.When the last days of network radio made way for the early days of live TV, the young thespian appeared often on The Jack Benny Show as well as appearances on GE Theatre , Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and played the role of Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave It To Beaver.
Harry gained national recognition as one of the creators and stars of This Is Spinal Tap, where he portrayed heavy metalist Derek Smalls in the mock rockumentary.Harry was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live for two seasons. His film work includes Oscar, The Fisher King, Wayne's World II, Pure Luck, The Truman Show, and Godzilla. Harry is also known as the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders, among others, on the international hit series The Simpsons.