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Intended guest stars

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The following is a list of people known to have been intended to guest star on the show, but for whatever reason, did not appear. Reasons include being cut from the episode, rejecting the show, dying before being able to record their part and not being approached, despite being in the initial plans.

Cut[edit]

The following guest stars recorded a role that was cut or re-dubbed:

  • Edward Norton, who previously appeared on the show, had his lines in the movie as the panicky man crushed by the dome re-dubbed by Castellaneta.[9]

Replaced[edit]

The following people accepted a role on the show but did not record it and so were replaced by somebody else.

Turned down a role[edit]

  • Don Rickles rejected a role as himself in "New Kid on the Block" in what was to be the episode's original subplot. Homer was supposed to fight with Rickles after laughing execessively during a performance leading to them attending court. Rickles rejected because he didn't like his portrayal.[24]
  • David Brinkley declined to voice himself in "The Day the Violence Died"; Castellaneta stood in.[33]
  • Quentin Tarantino was also asked to voice himself in "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious", but rejected the part, objecting to his lines. Dan Castellaneta voiced him instead.[40]
  • Steve Martin, who appeared the following season as Ray Patterson, turned down the role of Frank Grimes in "Homer's Enemy". After Hank Azaria's performance at the episode's table reading, attempts to find a guest star for the role were abandoned.[41] Had showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein decided on a guest star, William H. Macy (who appeared during season 17) would have been approached, but they felt Azaria was a better fit.[42] According to Azaria, Macy was approached but was unable to record the role due to a scheduling conflict; Azaria based his performance on Macy.[43]
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (a fan of the show) was included in a draft of the script for "The Regina Monologues", acting as a tour guide and showing some of his relatives around London. Williams had to reject the part due to other engagements.[58]

Unknown or unproduced episodes[edit]

Reason unknown[edit]

  • Several sources listed Robert Stack as (posthumously) guest starring in a season 15 episode,[77] although he never appeared and there has been no official confirmation of whether he recorded a role or not.
  • The Fox press release for season 25 stated that Christiane Amanpour (as well as Ramsay) would be guest starring in season 25. This did not happen.[85]

Not approached[edit]

The following were mooted by the writers for guest parts, but were not approached.

  • Robert De Niro was intended to make an appearance in season 7 or 8 but no appropriate role was found.[30]
  • The writers originally drew up a list of ten British celebrities they wanted to appear in "The Regina Monologues".[58] The script included a role for a musician; the staff had hoped to get David Bowie or Morrissey for the part but nothing came together.[58] David and Victoria Beckham were also originally sought to guest star in the episode, and would be seen bickering on the street. They were dropped after Tony Blair agreed to guest star,[58] and it was deemed that they were not famous enough in the United States and so were not approached.[58][88]

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