Gripster: Greek American Hank Azaria

14 Sep

The Mindset List recently came out, and it’s making me feel old!  It’s not on the list, but one thing that I was thinking about is the fact that The Simpsons has been part of the Class of 2015’s entire life.  I remember when The Simpsons was just a sketch on The Tracey Ullman Show.  When the cartoon got its own primetime show, it was huge!  In school, some of the teachers even used to give extra credit for Simpsons trivia.  In the summer, when my family went to Greece, we brought Bart Simpson t-shirts for relatives.

Eat my shorts!

Did you know that Hank Azaria, the voice of Simpsons characters Moe, Apu, and Chief Wiggum, is Greek American?  His parents are Sephardic Jews from Thessaloniki, Greece.  Hank Azaria was born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, though.

Remember when Hank Azaria played Nat the dog walker on Mad About You?  And Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend on Friends?  Well, Hank Azaria is on a new NBC sitcom called Free Agents, based on a British show by the same name.  Can you hear the hipsters?  I only watch the British version of Free Agents.  Well, Greek hipsters, decide for yourself.  It’s premiering tonight, September 14.

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3 Responses to “Gripster: Greek American Hank Azaria”

  1. Tom McBride September 14, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks for your lively posting about our Mindset List. You might also enjoy TOP 12 REASONS PARENTS DON’T GET THEIR TEENAGERS at http://www.mindsetmoment.com and our new book THE MINDSET LISTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY (Wiley, 2011). Here’s the Huff Po review:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20110712/us-book-review-the-mindset-lists/

    Best wishes and thanks again…..Tom McBride

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