Actor Hank Azaria buys $10-million Bel-Air home
It's a far cry from Springfield, but comedic actor and "The Simpsons" voice artist Hank Azaria recently purchased a home in Bel-Air for $10 million.

The gated traditional has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in about 9,000 square feet of living space, according to the Multiple Listing Service. It sits on nearly three-quarters of an acre.

Built in 1932, the two-story view home includes four fireplaces, a dance studio, an art studio, a den and a library. The living room opens out onto a backyard patio, a spacious lawn, a gazebo with an additional outdoor fireplace and a swimming pool. Public records show the house sold in 2004 for $6.25 million.

Azaria, 45, plays the villainous pharaoh Kahmunrah in the 20th Century Fox comedy-adventure sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." He will appear as Abraham in the biblical satire "Year One," a June release starring Jack Black. On television, he portrayed midlife-crisis-facing psychiatrist Craig Huffstodt on Showtime's "Huff" (2004-06).

The Emmy-winning Azaria has voiced a score of characters on "The Simpsons" since the show started in 1989, including Moe the bartender, Chief Wiggum, Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu and Comic Book Guy.

'Dawson's Creek' star going west

Actor James Van Der Beek, of "Dawson's Creek" fame, and his actress wife, Heather McComb, have sold their Studio City home, which had been listed at $2,445,000.

Built in 1999, the nearly 3,000-square-foot gated home has three bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and 180-degree canyon, mountain and city views. French doors open to a patio with a mist cooling system, swimming pool and spa.

The upstairs master suite has a fireplace, beamed cathedral ceiling and walk-in closet.

The couple had put the home on the market in mid-March and plan to buy on the Westside.

Van Der Beek, 32, had the title role of Dawson Leery in "Dawson's Creek" (1998-2003). His film roles include the leads in "Varsity Blues" (1999) and "The Rules of Attraction" (2002). This year he stars in the thriller "Formosa Betrayed."

McComb, 32, has had recurring roles in the TV series "Prison Break" (2008-09) and "Profiler" (1997-98).

Adrienne J. Kessler of Keller Williams Realty, Sunset office, had the listing.

Happy ending for biographer

The Hollywood Hills compound of biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli has sold for $3.1 million.

The Spanish Colonial-style walled and gated property has a main house with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms and a guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms for a total of 4,557 square feet of living space.

The home, built in 1941, sits on about half an acre with city and mountain views. There is a courtyard entry, 20-foot pitched open-beam ceilings, stained glass, wrought-iron chandeliers, balconies and a swimming pool.

Taraborrelli, 53, has written several New York Times bestsellers, including "Elizabeth," the biography of Elizabeth Taylor. His book "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" is due out in August.

Frank Bruno, Keller Williams Realty Sunset, had the listing. Roberta Collins, Coldwell Banker, Los Feliz, represented the buyer.