It took 14 years, but another citizen of Springfield will head to the morgue on The Simpsons this season or next. As to which character will die, that remains a secret. Executive Producer Al Jean did reveal one clue in a conference call with reporters, noting that: ”the actor playing the character won an Emmy” for the role.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the actors who have won Emmys for their performances on The Simpsons include:
- Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson (1993 & 2009)
- Castellaneta as various characters including Grampa Simpson, Barney, Krusty, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Sideshow Mel (2004)
- Hank Azaria as various characters including Comic Book Guy, Moe, Wiggum (2001)
- Azaria as various characters including Chief Wiggum, Moe, Cletus, Apu (2003)
- Azaria as Apu (1998)
- Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob (2006)
- Anne Hathaway as Penelope (2010)
In 2000, The Simpsons killed off Maude Flanders, Ned’s wife and the Simpsons’ next door neighbor, in a t-shirt gun accident. Additionally, a long list of tertiary characters have died over the course of 25 seasons of the show, including Lisa’s cats SnowballI-IV.
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