Homer Jay Simpson is one of the main characters in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta.

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1 Overview
2 Jobs
3 Awards & Honors
4 External links


In the show, Homer is: It has been suggested in the series that Homer is between 36 or 39 years old. In one episode, a quiz indicates he will die at 42 and he wails "he has only three years to live" (But note that Homer's ability to do mental arithmetic is not necessarily reliable). Different episodes give his birth date as May 12, 1956 or May 10, 1955 or even 17-23-1956 [sic].

Homer and his family probably live at 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. Several alternative house numbers on Evergreen Terrace are given in various episodes, including 59, 94, 743, and 1094, in addition to 430 Spalding Way.

Homer works in the Springfield Nuclear Powerplant, although "working" in this case refers to dozing and eating doughnuts. He spends a great deal of his time at Moe's Tavern with his lifelong friends Barney, Carl, Lenny, and Moe. His hobbies include heavy drinking (especially local favorite, Duff Beer), television, and whatever he favors from week to week.

On the food front, Homer is particularly fond of doughnuts and pork chops, but also pie, chile, Krusty Burgers, nachos, bacon, potato chips, heroes/hoagies/grinders. His diet is not a good example to younger viewers and this point is frequently made throughout the series. Homer frequently responds to food with drooling and exuberant postures.

His high school yearbook quote was "I can't believe I ate the whole thing," and it was in high school that Homer met Marge, whom he would later marry.

As widely evidenced, Homer's mind is vacuous nearly throughout but sprinkled with occasional dense packets of knowledge. He has shown small bursts of astonishing foresight, memory, creativity, and fluidity with language (including Japanese, German, Chinese, Spanish, and penguin). These bursts are almost always temporary and constantly changing. The nature of this intellect is two-fold. Much of his mental ability is suppressed by the presence of a wax crayon in the frontal lobe of his brain, the result of a bizarre childhood mishap. Also credited is the Simpson Gene, which is an almost guarantee that male Simpsons will become underachievers.

With regards to his health, Homer is incredibly lucky to be alive. He has broken nearly every bone in his body and received countless cuts and bruises, both major and minor. He has blown-out his knee, had his thumb cut off, undergone a triple coronary bypass, had corrective eye surgery, been in a coma, had his jaw wired shut, donated a kidney, suffered repeated back trauma, been institutionalized, and been shot at least once. His brain is protected by the unique genetic condition known as "Homer Simpson syndrome."

Homer is prone to becoming very emotional, especially when it comes to his neighbors, the Flanders family or to troubles related to his son, Bart. He is also deeply compassionate if not initially so.

Homer has gone by many names and aliases. While in the Witness Relocation Program, the family assumed the surname 'Thompson.' Homer legally changed his name to 'Max Power' for a time to escape public ridicule. He has also been known by many nicknames, including 'Homey,' 'Home-boy,' 'Colonel Homer,' 'Dancin' Homer,' 'Hungry, Hungry Homer,' the 'Brick Hit House,' the 'Southern Dandy' and 'Bottomless Pete, Nature's Cruelest Mistake,' among others.

Homer's middle initial J., standing for the "Jay" himself in this case, is a tribute by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to the work of cartoon producer Jay Ward, creator of Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel. Abe and Bart are also so initialed.

Creator Matt Groening has said that he named the core of the Simpsons family after members of his own family (Homer after his father in this case), but he has also acknowledged that Homer Simpson was the name of a character in Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust.

Homer Simpson (and of course Dan Castellaneta) popularized the annoyed grunt "D'oh!," as an abbrieviated form of Jim Finlayson's "dooooh" from the films of Laurel and Hardy.

See also: List of characters from The Simpsons


(assuming actual compensation [money, Powersauce Bars, etc.] and excluding Halloween episodes and passing bets (grave digger, panda, etc.))

Springfield Nuclear Power Plant

  • Technical Supervisor, Sector 7G
  • Safety Inspector, Sector 7G (current position with lapses)
  • Executive (with bathroom privileges & an assistant, Karl)
  • Executive Assistant/aka Smithers
  • Executive Vice-President
  • Owner


  • Plant Supervisor/Executive (Globex Corp., Cypress Creek)
  • Junior Vice-President (CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet)
  • Sailor, Naval Reserve (USS Jebediah)
  • Mayoral bodyguard
  • Mayor (New Springfield)
  • Sanitation Commissioner
  • Chief of Police
  • Owner, private security firm (SpringShield)
  • Telemarketer (Happy Dude)
  • Carnival worker/Carny
  • Con artist/Grifter
  • Bootlegger/Beer-Baron
  • Sugar smuggler (Motherloving Sugar Corp.)
  • Sugar salesman (Farmer Homer's Sweet Sugar)
  • Farmer
  • ToMacco salesman
  • Traveling salesman (Simpson & Son, Revitalizing Tonic)
  • Grease collections/sales
  • Door-to-door spring salesman
  • Door-to-door knife salesman (Slash-Co.)
  • Candle maker (Ye Olde Candlemaker, Olde Springfield Towne)
  • Attack-dog trainer (Pitiless Pup Attack Dog School)
  • Waiter (Gulp 'n' Blow Drive-thru)
  • Inventor (eg. automatic hammer, 6-legged chair, lazy-bowl)
  • Oil rig worker
  • Astronaut (NASA)
  • Celebrity assistant (Basinger/Baldwin)
  • Sports club owner (Denver Broncos)
  • Sports mascot (Springfield Isotopes)
  • Boxer
  • Mountain climber
  • League bowler (Pin-Pals)
  • Bowling alley assistant/Pin monkey (Bowl-o-rama)
  • Mini-golf assistant (Sir Putts-A-Lot)
  • Blackjack dealer (Monty's Casino)
  • Convenience store night-clerk (Kwik-E-Mart)
  • Missionary
  • Safety protester
  • Baby proofer (Wee Care)
  • Union Boss (Intl. Union of Pastry Chefs, Jazz Dancers, and Nuclear Technicians)
  • Car designer (Powell Motors)
  • Chauffeur/Limo driver (Classy Joe's)
  • Trucker
  • Snowplow proprietor & driver (Mr. Plow)
  • Monorail conductor
  • Actor (SAG name, "Homer Jay Simpson")
  • Cartoon voice (Poochie)
  • Drug Spokesman (Viagrain)
  • Instructor, "How to keep a successful marriage" (Adult Education Annex)
  • Fortune Cookie fortune-writer
  • Food critic (Springfield Shopper)
  • Entertainment manager- Animal (Suds McDuff)
  • Entertainment manager- Country/Western artist (Lurleen Lumpkin)
  • Musician (Be Sharps)
  • Musician ("Everybody Hates Ned Flanders")
  • Street musician (one-man-band)
  • Performance artist/Freak (Hullapalooza)
  • Conceptional artist
  • Authorized Krusty impersonator
  • Mall Santa Claus

Awards & Honors

  • First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, 1992 (after sterilization)
  • Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Toxic Waste Handler of the Month, 1990
  • Employee of the Month, 1991 (after saving Springfield from a nuclear meltdown)
  • A medal for bravery, 1995 (after physically plugging a radioactive gas leak)
  • Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Belching Contest Winner, 1995
  • Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Children's Model-Building Contest, 1997
  • Grammy Award for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word, or Barbershop Album of the Year, 1985 (Be Sharps)
  • Greaser's Café Dance Contest, 1999
  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, (Dr. Haing S. Ngor or Don Ameche)
  • Springfield Bowling Championship, 1996
  • Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, 2000
  • Springfield Olympic Mascot Contest (Springy)
  • High school reunion awards: "most weight gained," "most hair lost," "most improved odor," and for "travelling the least distance to get to the reunion."

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