Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is apparently a huge fan of the long-running Fox animated series, got Homer’s special day trending after he shared a photo of the character’s driver’s license on Twitter, complete with his “05-12-56” birthdate inscribed on it.
Happy birthday to Homer Simpson, born on this date in 1956.. pic.twitter.com/fq6g7BrMe5
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) May 12, 2021
Gordon-Levitt’s post has led fans to share their own birthday greetings for Homer, who has served as a comfort character and an inspiration to many. And since the Simpsons patriarch is known for his love for donuts, many fans have wished his birthday to be filled with his favorite sweet treat.
Happy birthday to my comfort father Homer Simpson 💞 pic.twitter.com/hPkpGeRV6X
— Sunny Eclipse (COMMISSIONS CLOSED) (@xSunnyEclipse) May 12, 2021
— MassMetsFan “I’m a Fleabit Peanut Monkey”🎸🎵 (@DougMassMets) May 12, 2021
Happy Birthday, Homer. Hope it’s filled with donuts. pic.twitter.com/FpBTmmgzz2
— Dazzlinglatte ☕ (@Dazzlinglatte) May 12, 2021
— Samantha Sandmann (@SamanthaSandma1) May 12, 2021
The king of all Taurus, happy birthday Homer 🥳♉️ pic.twitter.com/pjzhzOAyRF
— 𝕸𝖔𝖟𝖆𝖗𝖙 🧟♀️🔮✨ (@Kari_mozart) May 12, 2021
And even though the official Guinness World Records’ official Twitter account doesn’t consider Homer the world’s best dad, a number of fans actually see him as “animation’s greatest father” and “the king of all dads”.
He definitely doesn't hold a record for the world's best dad, but happy birthday to Homer Simpson!
The fictional character turns 65 today, according to his driving license. pic.twitter.com/8Pix1AT3MW
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) May 12, 2021
Since today is Homer Simpson’s birthday, here is an appreciation tweet of animation’s greatest father. 🥰❤️ pic.twitter.com/6Wxp9UVfG3
— Almir Velovic (@AlmirVela) May 12, 2021
Happy birthday Homer Simpson <3 you are the king of dads pic.twitter.com/yWUaCAGW0r
— untitledlullaby (@kiwilullaby) May 13, 2021
As mentioned above, Homer’s in-universe age is 65. However, some fans thought that the character was older, probably around 38 when the series launched back in 1989.
I thought he was older, given he’s said to be 38. The series started in 1989 and in Tracy Ullman Show 1987. Thus he would have to be closer to 70 by now – if the characters would age.
— Jack Fields (@JackMFields) May 12, 2021
The birthday greeting posted by The Simpsons’ official Twitter account, however, seems to remind fans that Homer, just like every character in the series, never ages ― no matter what his driver’s license says.
If Homer had a dollar for every year he’s aged, he’d have a dollar!
Happy Birthday, big guy. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/DTX6jXzHYQ
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) May 12, 2021
Named after the father of series creator Matt Groening, Homer was raised on a farm by his parents Abraham and Mona Simpson. Though Homer has proudly grown into a selfish, greedy, and ignorant man, he’s also a man of simple pleasures. He is a devoted husband to his wife Marge and tries his really best to be a good father to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
New episodes of The Simpsons air every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.