“Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from…”

I don’t think anyone could disagree that one of the greatest supporting characters from The Simpsons is the legendary B-movie actor Troy McClure. Voiced by Phil Hartman, he first appeared in the season 2 episode, “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”. He was a recurring supporting character, finally getting an entire episode to himself in the seventh season titled, “A Fish Called Selma” where he marries Selma Bouvier, we learn a little more about his life, and discover his strange sexual proclivity (hint, fish). He was based on real life actors Troy Donahue and Doug McClure, who, according to writer Mike Reiss (who at one point met McClure’s daughter) found the homage funny. Apparently his kids would often call him, “Troy McLure” behind his back.

Recently, while riding my bike in the garage, I switched up my DVD selections and got out my Simpsons season two DVD box set. When going through the list of episodes I jumped all over the chance to watch Troy’s first appearance, and since then he’s been all I can think about lately. Phil Hartman was such a gifted actor and had such amazing talent that I found myself actively searching for every appearance of his I could find, including Lionel Hutz, Attorney at Law. But it will always be Troy McClure that so perfectly captures the heart of why the Simpsons is/was a great show. That a small, recurring supporting character could create such a following is really a testament to the show’s appeal.

So without further ado, here’s the complete list of movies, television shows, musical, specials, and of course, celebrity funerals that Troy McClure “starred in”. I would love to tell you that I have a favorite in this list, but I don’t. I love them all. I find myself laughing out loud at practically all of them. Of course I shamelessly stole this list from a couple of places, so credit where credit is due.

Enjoy. I know I do. I’m glad I have this on my blog so I can occasionally look it up, read it, and chuckle. I hope you do the same.

Regular Movies

  • Alice’s Adventure through the Windshield Glass (ref. Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There)
  • The Boatjacking of Supership ’79 (ref. The Concorde: Airport ’79)
  • Calling All Quakers (with Dolores Montenegro)
  • Christmas Ape
  • Christmas Ape Goes To Summer Camp
  • The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel
  • Cry Yuma (ref. Cry Havoc, Cry Freedom)
  • David versus Super Goliath
  • Dial M for Murderousness (ref. Dial M for Murder)
  • The Electric Gigolo (ref. The Electric Horseman and American Gigolo)
  • The Erotic Adventures of Hercules (ref. The Erotic Adventures of Zorro/The Erotic Adventures of Robinson Crusoe)
  • Give My Remains to Broadway (ref. Give My Regards to Broadway)
  • Gladys the Groovy Mule (ref. Francis the Talking Mule)
  • Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great ‘Frisco Freak-Out’
  • The Greatest Story Ever Hulaed (ref. The Greatest Story Ever Told)
  • Here Comes the Coast Guard (ref. Here Comes the Navy)
  • Hitler Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (ref. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)
  • Hydro, the Man With the Hydraulic Arms (ref. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes)
  • Leper in the Backfield (ref. Angels in the Outfield)
  • Make-Out King of Montana (ref. Cattle Queen of Montana)
  • Meet Joe Blow (ref. Meet Joe Black, Meet John Doe)
  • The Muppets Go Medieval (ref. Muppet movie series)
  • “P” is for Psycho (ref. Psycho and novels by Sue Grafton)
  • Preacher With a Shovel (with Dolores Montenegro) KNOBBB
  • The President’s Neck is Missing (ref. The President’s Plane is Missing)
  • The Revenge of Abe Lincoln
  • The Seven-Year Old Bitch (ref. The Seven Year Itch)
  • Sorry, Wrong Closet (ref. Sorry, Wrong Number)
  • Suddenly Last Supper (ref. Suddenly Last Summer)
  • They Came to Burgle Carnegie Hall
  • Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die (ref. US title of Dario Argento’s Western Oggi a me… domani a te!)
  • The Verdict Was Mail Fraud
  • The Wackiest Covered Wagon in the West (ref. The Wackiest Ship in the Army, The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West)
  • Jagged Attraction (ref. Jagged Edge , Fatal Attraction)
  • Look Who’s Still Oinking (ref. Look Who’s Talking series)Educational films and self help videos

Educational films and self help videos

  • 60 Minutes of Car Crash Victims
  • Adjusting Your Self-O-Stat (with Brad Goodman)
  • Alice’s Adventure through the Windshield Glass (ref. Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There)
  • Alice Doesn’t Live Any More (ref. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More)
  • Birds: Our Fine Feathered Colleagues
  • The Decapitation of Larry Leadfoot
  • Designated Drivers: The Lifesaving Nerds
  • Dig Your Own Grave and Save
  • Earwigs, Ew!
  • Firecrackers: The Silent Killer
  • Fuzzy Bunny’s Guide to You-Know-What (sex education film for children, shown in Springfield Elementary, the film shown was loosely based on Fritz the Cat)
  • Get Confident, Stupid!
  • The Half-Assed Approach to Foundation Repair
  • Here Comes the Metric System
  • Lead Paint: Delicious But Deadly
  • Locker Room Towel Fights: The Blinding of Larry Driscoll
  • Man Versus Nature: The Road To Victory
  • Meat and You – Partners in Freedom (a Meat Council film, part of the “Resistance is Useless” series)
  • Mommy, What’s Wrong With That Man’s Face? (ref. The Man Without a Face)
  • Mothballing Your Battleship
  • Phony Tornado Alerts Reduce Readiness
  • Shoplifters BEWARE
  • Smoke Yourself Thin
  • Someone’s in the Kitchen with DNA! (ref. children’s song “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah”)
  • Toxic Paint- Tasty But Deadly!
  • Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun
  • Young Jebediah Springfield (A Watch-and-Learn Production)
  • Welcome to Springfield Airport (an information kiosk film)
  • Where’s Nordstrom? (an information kiosk film)

TV specials

  • Alien Nose Job (ref. Alien autopsy)
  • Carnival of the Stars (ref. Circus of the Stars)
  • Five Fabulous Weeks of The Chevy Chase Show
  • Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
  • Out With Gout ’88
  • The Miss American Girl Pageant
  • The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
  • The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase

TV series

  • AfterMannix (ref. AfterMASH and Mannix)
  • America’s Funniest Tornadoes (ref. America’s Funniest Home Videos)
  • Buck Henderson, Union Buster
  • Handel with Kare (ref. The Odd Couple and Switch).
  • I Can’t Believe They Invented It! (an infomercial)
  • Shortland Street (unlikely to be any relation to the real-life New Zealand hospital Soap Opera Shortland Street, however)
  • Son of Sanford and Son (ref. Sanford and Son)
  • Troy and Company’s Summertime Smile Factory (ref. all those short-lived, B-celebrity hosted comedy/variety programs of the 1960s and 1970s, especially The Late Summer-Early Fall Bert Convy Show).

Cartoons

  • Christmas Ape (ref. Grape Ape and Ernest)
  • Christmas Ape Goes to Summer Camp (ref. Ernest Goes to Camp, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July)

Celebrity funerals

  • Herschel Shmoikel Krustofsky, aka Krusty the Clown
  • André the Giant, We Hardly Knew Ye (ref. Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye)
  • Shemp Howard: Today We Mourn A Stooge

Musicals

  • Stop the Planet of the Apes I Want to Get Off (references Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, a broadway musical from the 60s and Planet of the Apes)

2 Replies to ““Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from…””

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  2. Thank you for compiling and presenting this valuable, um, compilation! The only ways I could imagine improving it are: to distinguish films shown (e.g. Meat and You) from films cited (e.g. Cry Yuma); and to list which of Troy’s past triumphs are mentioned together.

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