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Kelsey Grammar explains how one of the most beloved “Simpsons” characters came to be BBC/Screenshot

During a recent interview on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show,” actor Kelsey Grammar revealed how he landed his famous part as the voice of Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons.”

For more than two decades Grammar has appeared off and on the show as the career criminal with a soft side who often looks to end the days of Bart Simpson.

Grammar explained to Norton that the part came from a conversation with “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon who called him and asked him to sing a Cole Porter song.

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“‘Well, we got this character who’s never actually said anything on the show. … We want him to speak finally,’” Grammar said of his phone call with Simon.

“Can you do it?”

Grammar clearly could do it and went on to make Sideshow Bob one of the most beloved characters in the history of the show.

Before his death in 2015, Rare spoke with Simon about the legacy of the “The Simpsons,” and the many characters he helped create.

“When I think about my legacy, I go, that’s a pretty good one,” Simon explained.

“I’ve never worked a day of my life. It is hard and exhausting … my dad worked in a factory so I know the difference between what I do and what most people do.”

Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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