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Encyclopedia > Gil Gunderson
The Simpsons character
Image:Gil.gif
Gil Gunderson
Gender Male
Hair color Gray
Job Different each appearance; frequently a salesman
Relatives Ex-wife: (unnamed)
First appearance Realty Bites
Voice actor Harry Shearer

Gilbert "Gil" Gunderson, sometimes known as Old Gil, is a recurring character on The Simpsons. He is voiced by Harry Shearer. Simpsons redirects here. ... The shield and spear of the Roman god Mars, which is also the alchemical symbol for iron, represents the male sex. ... Realty Bites is the ninth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ...

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Personality and traits

Gil is based on Jack Lemmon's portrayal of Shelley Levene in the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross: a nervous, middle-aged man with the inability to hold a steady job due to strings of misfortunes that tend to hit him at the worst times.[1] John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 movie, based on the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play of the same name by David Mamet, who adapted it into a screenplay for the film. ...


Gil made his debut in the episode "Realty Bites", where he played a hapless real estate agent much like Lemmon did in the film. Lemmon himself played a similar part in "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson". Realty Bites is the ninth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Introduction The Twisted World of Marge Simpson is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ...


Gil frequently refers to himself in the third person ("C'mon, help ol' Gil out here!") At one point, at least, Gil has been married; in the episode "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"", he mentions that his wife will leave him if he doesn't start "bringing in the green". Later in the same episode, he telephones his wife and overhears her carousing with his friend Fred, and it seems to be implied that she is having an affair which Gil is too weak to put a stop to. In the episode "Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2" Gil reveals that he is indeed now divorced from his wife.


The episode "Tis The Fifteenth Season" includes a brief scene showing Gil attempting suicide by hanging himself with Christmas lights. He appears later in the same episode ice skating at Homer's house with the Christmas lights around his neck. Tis the Fifteenth Season is the seventh Christmas episode of The Simpsons. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... Hanging is the suspension of a person by a ligature, usually a cord wrapped around the neck, causing death. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ...


He found some brief success as a lawyer, assisting Marge with her anti-sugar campaign in "Sweets and Sour Marge". He returned to the legal profession in "The Frying Game", but he was less successful, as Homer and Marge went to prison. Sweets and Sour Marge is the eighth episode of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons. ... The Frying Game is the 21st episode of The Simpsons thirteenth season. ...


Jobs

Gil has been seen holding a number of different jobs, first as a real estate agent in the episode "Realty Bites". The Lionel Hutz line, "Welcome to the big league, Marge. There's over fifty years of experience right in this room! And forty two of those years are Gil's!" seems to imply that before he ran into Marge, Gil actually kept professions. Since the retirement of Lionel Hutz from the series (due to voice actor Phil Hartman's death), Gil has filled the role of Springfield's cheap(est) lawyer. Realty Bites is the ninth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Lionel Hutz, AKA Miguel Sanchez, AKA Dr. Nguyen Van Falk, voiced by Phil Hartman, is a fictional secondary character from The Simpsons. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian/American actor, voice artist, comedian, graphic artist and writer. ...


Excluding these, the other jobs Gil has had are as follows:

Gil as a Mall Santa in "Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2"

In the third act of "Kill Gil: Vols 1 & 2", Gil returned to his first known job as a real estate agent, and actually became one of the most successful realtors in Scottsdale, Arizona, only to lose his job thanks to Marge, who then feels sorry for him. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (972x713, 503 KB) Official promo card for Kill Gil This image is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is most likely owned by the company or corporation that produced it. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (972x713, 503 KB) Official promo card for Kill Gil This image is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is most likely owned by the company or corporation that produced it. ... The Last Temptation of Krust is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Natural Born Kissers is the last episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, and is especially notable for its risque subject matter. ... Lisa Gets an A is the seventh episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ... Mayored to the Mob is the ninth episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ... Maximum Homerdrive is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ... Guess Whos Coming to Criticize Dinner? is the third episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... Eight Misbehavin is the seventh episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... Days of Wine and Dohses is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. ... Pray Anything is the tenth episode of the fourteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart-Mangled Banner is an episode from The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... G.I. (Annoyed Grunt) is the fifth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Treehouse of Horror XIII is the first episode of The Simpsons fourteenth season, as well as the thirteenth Halloween episode. ... Saddlesore Galactica is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons eleventh season. ... The Simpsons Hit & Run is a third-person action adventure video game based on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, and is currently the most recent in the line. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Mary Manross (D) Area  - City  184. ...


Homes

In "Old Yeller Belly", Gil apparently lived at the Springfield Men's Mission (a hostel for down-and-outs), although he was forceably ejected from the premises because he had overstayed the "six month occupancy limit." A defiant Gil walked straight into a shady organ donation clinic to sell his eyes for cash. “Old Yeller Belly” is the nineteenth episode of the fourteenth season of The Simpsons. ...


In "Natural Born Kissers", it is implied that Gil lives in a hot-air balloon, which is stolen by Homer and Marge. Gil's lone possession in the balloon is a hot plate (on which he still had two more payments to make). Gil has also been seen living in a storage locker, as seen by "Day of the Jackanapes". Natural Born Kissers is the last episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, and is especially notable for its risque subject matter. ... Day of the Jackanapes is the thirteenth episode of the twelfth season of The Simpsons. ...


References

  1. ^ Groening, Matt. (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Eighth Season DVD commentary for the episode "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

Introduction The Twisted World of Marge Simpson is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ...

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