Since airing in 1989, The Simpsons continuous rise in popularity expanded into merchandising and The Simpsons Movie back in 2007. One of the key factors that made this show so awesome to watch were the guest celebrity appearances. In Season 2 of the show, Tony Bennett made his debut as himself. Phil Hartman, who’s an actor and comedian appeared on the show a record 52 times. With that said, we made a list of other notable guest appearances:
Meryl Streep: 1994 Episode ‘Bart’s Girlfriend’
She turned Bart’s world upside down as his girlfriend. Streep is known for her work in Sophie’s Choice and Iron Lady, and has won the Academy Award for Best Actress in both films. She has more Academy Award nominations of any other actor or actress in history. In 2010, she was awarded the National Media of Arts by President Barack Obama.
Conan O’Brien: Episode ‘Bart Gets Famous’ in 1994
O’Brien had previously been a writer on the show. He wrote ‘Homer Goes to College,’ and ‘New Kid on the Block.’ He also wrote for Saturday Night Live. He’s known for his antics hosting both Late Night and The Tonight Show. He has also done voice work on shows such as Robot Chicken and Futurama. He is currently the host of the talk show Conan.
Liam Neeson: 2005 Episode ‘The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star’
This was originally set to air directly after Pope John Paul II’s death but was postponed. He plays Father Sean and gets Bart interested in converting to Catholicism. Liam Neeson rose to fame during his role on Schindler’s List. He’s also known for his work in Star Wars Episode I, Taken, Batman Begins and The Chronicles of Narnia. He has been nominated by both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor.
Stephen Colbert: Episode in 2007 ‘He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs’
With Colbert’s extensive voice acting experience on everything from The Venture Bros. to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, it’s surprising that Colbert wasn’t on The Simpsons sooner. Though he’s obviously got a decent range, at some point the showrunners decided they basically wanted Colbert’s character to be more or less the same one he plays on his parody pundit show.
Eva Longoria: Episode ‘The Kid is Alright’ in 2013
She plays Isabel Guiterrez, a new student who begins a friendship with Lisa, but it turns out she’s Republican. Eva Longoria is known for playing sizzling housewife Gabrielle Solis on the series Desperate Housewives. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She has also been in films such as The Sentinel and Over Her Dead Body.