Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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April 19, 1988

'Nitti: The Story of Frank Nitti, the Enforcer'1

As "The Simpsons'" gruff barkeep Moe Szyslak - and several other Springfieldians - Hank Azaria has been a part of the longest-running American TV show almost since its inception. He's now wrapping a run in quite a different role, as the overly ambitious head of the L.A. division of the FBI on Showtime's "Ray Donovan." In fact, it was a part as an FBI agent in the 1988 TV film "Nitti: The Story of Frank Nitti, the Enforcer" that landed him his first Variety credit, whitney friedlander

What do you recall of the movie?

I remember being tremendously excited that I was going to be on television. I think it was actually the second job I ever got, but it was the first thing to actually air.

Did you enjoy that time in your life?

It was definitely a learning experience. It was the first year I was in L.A., and I was still adjusting. It's funny - I loved L.A. the first year, and then I started getting really homesick for New York. The jury was still out on whether I'd have a career or not. The bulk of my time I was catering with a company in Pasadena.

Was it tough to land acting jobs?

Things were different then. There were only three channels doing programming. …

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