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Top Celebrity Appearances on The Simpsons

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The Simpsons have been on the air since 1989 and have grown in popularity to the point of merchandising and even a movie back in 2007. What really made this show great were the celebrity appearances. The first one to appear as himself was singer Tony Bennett in season 2. Actor and comedian Phil Hartman appeared 52 times, which is the highest of any celebrity.

Here’s a list of other notable guest appearances:

Meryl Streep played Bart’s girlfriend Jessica in the 1994 episode ‘Bart’s Girlfriend.’ She was a femme fatale who turned Bart’s world upside down. Meryl 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 in history. In 2010 she was awarded the National Media of Arts by President Barack Obama.

Conan O’Brien appeared in the 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 was in the 2005 episode ‘The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star’ which 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.

Jeff Gordon appeared in the 2012 episode ‘Adventures in Baby-Getting.’ His cameo is a brief tongue-in-cheek play-off of the show’s penchant for brief celebrity cameos. Jeff Gordon is a professional stock car racer who has won the Daytona 500 three times. He’s also the first NASCAR racer to earn over $100 million throughout the course of his career.

Eva Longoria played Isabel Gutierrez in ‘The Kid is Alright’ in 2013. She’s 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