So who exactly owns the seemingly perpetual windpipe behind the happily misbehaved beard? That would be Nancy Cartwright. Yes, in case you didn’t know, a woman was the voice and attitude behind the 10-year-old cartoon boy for 730 episodes (and counting), according to IMDb. Cartwright has played the character since Bart’s earliest appearances in shorts (meaning clips, but that includes his outfit) on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. That’s an awfully long time for a prepubescent boy, albeit the joy , to torment the neighboring Flanders children, never grows old.
Cartwright joins Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa) as the Simpson family frozen in time. She’s not the only female performer to bring a young boy to life on the show or in the animation world – Bart’s sidekick, Milhouse, is played by actress Pamela Hayden. But with Cartwright also portraying other boys on the show (like thug Nelson Muntz and simpleton Ralph Wiggum), does the impressive singing chameleon ever take on female roles?