David Simon

Few could argue that throughout his professional career, writer David Simon failed to capture the stark tragedy of the violent, drug-infested streets of his native Baltimore. As a former investigative reporter for the ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1959 in United States

Filmography

Actor (7)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

How to Make Money Selling Drugs 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire Odyssey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wire: The Last Word 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Drunk History (Tv Show)

Himself
Producer (5)

Show Me a Hero 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tremé 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Wire 1993 - 1999, 2002 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Generation Kill 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Corner (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (3)

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Writer

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Young Again (TV Show)

From Story

Biography

Few could argue that throughout his professional career, writer David Simon failed to capture the stark tragedy of the violent, drug-infested streets of his native Baltimore. As a former investigative reporter for the city's largest daily newspaper and executive producer on some of the grittiest cop shows ever seen on television, Simon made it his mission to tell the stories of the forgotten combatants in the nation's long-fought war on drugs in the most gut-wrenching and realistic way possible. His extended forays into the killing streets have led to writing two best-selling novels chronicling the futility of a drug war gone awry and the brutal despair felt by those on the frontlines, drawing heavily on interviews with both police and drug dealers. The novels were later used as templates for Simon's two highly-acclaimed television shows, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) and "The Wire" (HBO, 2002- ), both of which earned huge followings from the real-life cops and drug dealers that served as inspiration - a testament to Simon's unflinching drive to show life on the streets as honestly and humanly as possible.

Relationships

Laura Lippman Source Material

Wife
Former Sun reporter

EDUCATION

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

Bethesda , Maryland
Wrote for the school newspaper, The Tattler

University of Maryland

College Park , Maryland 1983
Edited the school newspaper with future television writer and fellow collaborator David Mills

Milestones

2010

Created the HBO series "Treme" about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans

2008

Produced and wrote HBO's miniseries "Generation Kill" with Ed Burns; earned Emmy nominations in 2009 for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Miniseries

2002

Created, wrote and executive produced the HBO series "The Wire"; again collaborated with Ed Burns on creating the show; earned Emmy (2005, 2008) nominations for Outstanding Writing

2000

Co-wrote (with David Mills) and produced "The Corner," which was adapted from his book into the six-part HBO miniseries

1997

Co-authored (with Ed Burns) his second work of nonfiction, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood

1994

Hired as a writer and later producer on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1993

Sold Barry Levinson the right to his book, who turned the story into a serialized cop show "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1991

Released first work of nonfiction, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

1983

Hired by The Baltimore Sun to work as crime beat reporter

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