David Silverman

While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1957 in New York, New York, USA


Writer (19)

Alf 1986 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Story Consultant

Judging Amy 1989 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Parker Lewis 1989 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Something So Right 1989 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

The Wild Thornberrys Characters as Source Material (Characters as Source Material)

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

story consultant(story department) (Story By)

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 1988 - 2002 (TV Show)

From Story

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

story material (Story By)

The Wild Thornberrys 1998 (TV Show)


Cafe Americain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

From Story

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Babes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Story By

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)


One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)


Reunited (TV Show)


Undressed (TV Show)


You Wish (TV Show)

Director (8)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 2013 (Movie)

("Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"") (Director)

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" 2012 (Movie)


The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)


Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

sequences director(artistic supervisor) (Segment Director)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

(Johnny Rehab Commercial) (Director)

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Punk Farm (Movie)

Producer (7)

Dilbert 1986 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Lost in Transmission 1989 - 1990, 1998 - 2001, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Manhattan, AZ 1989 - 1990, 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Cleghorne! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wild Oats 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Good Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor (6)

The Simpsons 1986 - 2002, 2006 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Anime: Drawing a Revolution 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


Designing Women 1989 - 1990, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)


Dangerous Affection (TV Show)

Visual Effects & Animation (3)

The Critic 1986 - 2001, 2007 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Visual Effects

Propagandance 1989 (Movie)

animator assistant (Effects Assistant)

The Simpsons 1989 (Movie)

Music (1)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Parody Lyrics("Spider Pig") (Lyrics)
Art Department (1)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Additional Storyboard Artist (Storyboard Artist)
Other (3)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 (Movie)


Teen Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

Blumps concept (Other)


While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Silverman was a struggling animator in the 1980s before the boom in feature film and primetime animation, and was on the verge of quitting the business altogether when he took a chance on a series of short bumpers about a dysfunctional cartoon family on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). A key player in laying the ground rules for transforming Groening's two-dimensional drawings into characters that, for a time, were a pop culture phenomenon, Silverman also directed countless episodes during the first several seasons. After branching out to try his hand on other projects, including a co-directing stint on the feature hit "Monsters Inc." (2001) and consulting on "Ice Age" (2002), Silverman was brought back to fictional Springfield to direct the long-awaited feature, "The Simpsons Movie" (2007). But it was television that proved to be his bread and butter, as Silverman was the creator of other animated shows like "Cleghorne!" (The WB, 1995-96) and "The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon, 1998-2004), while also writing for "Dilbert" (UPN, 1998-2000) and the live-action "Undressed" (MTV, 1999-2002), making Silverman as versatile as he was talented.


University of California (UCLA)

Los Angeles , California

University of Maryland



Directed the animated feature "The Simpsons Movie"


Co-directed Pixar animated hit "Monsters, Inc."


Feature directorial debut, "Road to El Dorado" (1998), which was the first animated film for DreamWorks SKG


Directed an animated segment in the action feature "RoboCop 3"


Directed "The Simpsons" (Fox) pilot titled "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"; directed multiple episodes throughout series run; also produced


Began animating 30-second sketches for "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox); the Matt Groening-created segments eventually became "The Simpsons"

Drew cartoons for The Los Angeles Times

Enrolled at the University of Maryland to study architecture; after two years transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles to study film and animation

Landed first professional job, assisting lead animators on "Mr. T." (NBC)

Bonus Trivia


Silverman met actress Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, when they were both students in UCLA's Art Department in the late 1970s. The two reportedly vowed to work together in the future, but did not realize it until years later after seeing each other's names in the credits of the pilot episode of "The Simpsons."


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