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Waylon Smithers, Sr.

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Waylon J. Smithers, Sr.
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Character Information
Male ♂
Hair: Gray
Occupation: Servant of Mr. Burns
Relatives: Wife: Unnamed
Son: Waylon Smithers, Jr.
First appearance: "The Blunder Years"
Voiced by: Hank Azaria[1]
Harry Shearer[2]

Waylon J. Smithers, Sr. is the father of Waylon Smithers, Jr. and Mr. Burns' former assistant at the Nuclear Power Plant.


He died of radiation poisoning due to sacrificing his life to save Springfield and especially his son. After his death his corpse was disposed of by being placed down a drainage pipe because Mr. Burns said that cover-ups were all the rage back then. It was later discovered by a young Homer while swimming in a watering hole, which traumatized him for life.

Homer later remembered this incident, many years later, and remembering caused him to scream for several days. After investigating it with his family, he discovered the skeleton and Bart showed the skull to Mr. Burns whom proceeded to tell the story of Waylon's heroic death as he died stopping the reactor core from having a melt down. Smithers Jr. finally found out the truth as Burns showed the film to the Simpsons. Burns had previously told Smithers that his father had been killed by Amazon women. Afterwards, Homer took the skull and placed it in his memory box.[1]

During Grampa's story about how a young Homer lost his beloved dog, Smithers, Sr. appeared alongside Mr. Burns while Burns was doing a public relations campaign.[2]

In Bart's coma dream, Waylon Smithers, Sr. was one of the ghosts who came to Bart to get help to move on to the afterlife.[3]