Stephen Hawking wasn't one to shy away from guest roles in Hollywood

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  • Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday at age 76, was not one to shy away from doing the occasional acting gig 
  • The theoretical physicists was often the butt of his own jokes which highlighted his life with ALS and his computerized voice 
  • 'Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons,' said the iconic show's executive producer Matt Selman 
  • Hawking had guest appearances on shows like Star Trek, Futurama and the Big Bang Theory
  • He was portrayed in an episode of Family Guy by Seth McFarlane 
  • The scientist was also portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in the 2014 film 'The Theory of Everything'

By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 02:09 EDT, 14 March 2018 | Updated: 04:02 EDT, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking may have become a household name for his work in theoretical physics, but the scientist occasionally showed off his acting chops on some of the largest shows on television.

Hawking, who passed away in the early hours of Wednesday at 76, was not one to shy away from doing the occasional acting gig and always gave the green-light for making jokes at his expense.

'Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons,' said the iconic show's executive producer Matt Selman. 

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Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday at age 76, was not one to shy away from doing the occasional acting gig. The theoretical physicists was often the butt of his own jokes which highlighted his life with ALS and his computerized voice (Appearing on the Simpsons)
Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday at age 76, was not one to shy away from doing the occasional acting gig. The theoretical physicists was often the butt of his own jokes which highlighted his life with ALS and his computerized voice (Appearing on the Simpsons)

Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday at age 76, was not one to shy away from doing the occasional acting gig. The theoretical physicists was often the butt of his own jokes which highlighted his life with ALS and his computerized voice (Appearing on the Simpsons)

'Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons,' said the iconic show's executive producer Matt Selman
'Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons,' said the iconic show's executive producer Matt Selman

'Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons,' said the iconic show's executive producer Matt Selman

Hawking played a guest role as himself on the Simpsons for several episodes from 1999 until 2010. 

One particular episode - 'They Saved Lisa's Brain - featured the renowned author traveling to Springfield, Illinois, to inform the masses that their idea of utopia would fail. 

The minor Hollywood celebrity would also do a couple of appearances on the adult-animated show Futurama. 

Time with Futurama: He appeared on the wacky show's second season as himself but would find most of his body gone when he appeared in a later episode with just his head
Time with Futurama: He appeared on the wacky show's second season as himself but would find most of his body gone when he appeared in a later episode with just his head

Time with Futurama: He appeared on the wacky show's second season as himself but would find most of his body gone when he appeared in a later episode with just his head

During his time on that particular show, Hawking was a part of Vice Presidential Action Rangers - led by Al Gore - and worked to maintain the space-time continuum
During his time on that particular show, Hawking was a part of Vice Presidential Action Rangers - led by Al Gore - and worked to maintain the space-time continuum

During his time on that particular show, Hawking was a part of Vice Presidential Action Rangers - led by Al Gore - and worked to maintain the space-time continuum

He appeared on the wacky show's second season as himself but would find most of his body gone when he appeared in a later episode with just his head. 

During his time on that particular show, Hawking was a part of Vice Presidential Action Rangers - led by Al Gore - and worked to maintain the space-time continuum. 

Hawking acting credit spans almost three decades, as evident in an appearance he had on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993. 

During the season six finale, Lt. Commander Data can be seen playing poker with 'hologram' versions of Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton. 

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Hawking acting credit spans almost three decades, as evident in an appearance he had on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993
Hawking acting credit spans almost three decades, as evident in an appearance he had on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993

Hawking acting credit spans almost three decades, as evident in an appearance he had on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993

During the season six finale, Lt. Commander Data can be seen playing poker with 'hologram' versions of Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton
During the season six finale, Lt. Commander Data can be seen playing poker with 'hologram' versions of Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton

During the season six finale, Lt. Commander Data can be seen playing poker with 'hologram' versions of Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton

The physicist was an avid Trekkie, even going so far as to have Spock himself - Leonard Nimoy - offer some remarks about Hawking at a screening for 'A Brief History of Time.' 

But Hawking spent the majority of his screen time on the ever so loved nerd show 'Big Bang Theory.' 

Appearing in seven episodes, Hawking is a favorite of the main characters, but especially Sheldon. 

Hawking spent the majority of his screen time on the ever so loved nerd show 'Big Bang Theory'
Hawking spent the majority of his screen time on the ever so loved nerd show 'Big Bang Theory'

Hawking spent the majority of his screen time on the ever so loved nerd show 'Big Bang Theory'

He appeared on seven episodes, including the 200th one where he sang happy birthday to Sheldon via Skype
He appeared on seven episodes, including the 200th one where he sang happy birthday to Sheldon via Skype

He appeared on seven episodes, including the 200th one where he sang happy birthday to Sheldon via Skype

Norman Cook took to Instagram to share how working with Hawking was an 'honor'
Norman Cook took to Instagram to share how working with Hawking was an 'honor'

Norman Cook took to Instagram to share how working with Hawking was an 'honor'

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Sheldon is even lucky when Hawking appears on Skype to wish him a happy birthday for the series 200th episode. 

Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane. He also is referenced throughout several other shows  like Doctor Who, Malcolm in the Middle, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Seinfeld. 

The scientist also had a movie about his life come out in 2014 called 'The Theory of Everything.' The film was nominated for Best Picture and Eddie Redmayne played Hawking, winning a Best Actor Oscar for his performance.

Hawking would make other television appearances such as: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Late Night with Conan O'Brien,  The Culture Show, Alien Planet and more.  

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Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane
Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane
Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane
Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane

Hawking was written into an episode of Family Guy, but that character was voiced by Seth McFarlane

The scientist also had a movie about his life come out in 2014 called 'The Theory of Everything.' The film was nominated for Best Picture and Eddie Redmayne played Hawking, won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance
The scientist also had a movie about his life come out in 2014 called 'The Theory of Everything.' The film was nominated for Best Picture and Eddie Redmayne played Hawking, won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance

The scientist also had a movie about his life come out in 2014 called 'The Theory of Everything.' The film was nominated for Best Picture and Eddie Redmayne played Hawking, won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance

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