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25th Apr 2024

Cult favourite Simpsons character killed off after 34 years

Simon Kelly

He appeared on the very first episode

The Simpsons have killed off a fan favourite after 34 years on the show.

The long-running character – know as Larry the Barfly – appeared in the very first episode of the iconic cartoon series, ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’.

Larry has been a regular at Moe’s Tavern for decades and while he has never spoken more than a handful of words throughout his three-decade-long stint on the show, he has still endeared himself as a favourite background character.

Voiced by Harry Shearer, not much was known about Lawrence “Larry” Dalrymple, apart from his fondness of the drink, but he always seemed to be a valued member of Homer’s drinking buddies circle.

The character was killed off in the series 35 episode ‘Cremains of the Day’, when Moe angrily tries to kick him out of his bar after losing a bet. However, he quickly finds out that Larry has passed away at the bar.

The remainder of the episode focuses on the gang unravelling the mystery of the often overlooked character.

Larry from The Simpsons (Disney)

Cult favourite Simpsons character killed off after 34 years

At Larry’s funeral, hardly anyone can think of what to say about him, despite him being a regular at the bar for years.

However, Larry’s mother tells Homer that he considered the Moe’s crowd his best friends.

After the gang get a hold of Larry’s ashes, they end up finding out that the near-mute character had a lot more going on than they thought – one fact being that he was actually a diamond smuggler for Fat Tony.

Despite it being too late to ask any more about Larry’s interesting life, it’s a fitting end to a stalwart of the show after nearly 35 years.

The character only spoke in two episodes in the entire series, one time being in ‘Bart Gets Hit by a Car’, where he says “Who’s the chick!?” after seeing Marge.

His other line is just a singular word in the episode ‘El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)’, where he utters the word “Colleague”.

We can only hope now that Homer, Moe, Lenny and Carl to find out about their other barfly background friend, the green-capped Sam, who was often seen sitting beside Larry.

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