Matt Groening

Producer, Cartoonist, Screenwriter
As the creator of the long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), as well as the equally venerable weekly comic strip "Life in Hell," cartoonist Matt Groening watched his creations spawn numerous print ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1954 in Portland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Futurama 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Simpsons 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Portlandia 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Beauty Is Embarrassing 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Top Chef: Masters 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hair High 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Wil (Actor)

Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Finkster (Actor)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Book: The Movie 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

J.K. Rowling and the Story of Harry Potter 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Chuck Jones 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (6)

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

(Screenplay)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Writer

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer (dialogue)

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Simpsons 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 2013 (Movie)

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

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

(Producer)

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

Executive Producer

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Tracey Ullman Backstage 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Animator
Music (1)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Parody Lyrics("Spider Pig") (Lyrics)
Director (1)

King of the Hill 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director
Other (1)

The Simpsons 1989 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

As the creator of the long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), as well as the equally venerable weekly comic strip "Life in Hell," cartoonist Matt Groening watched his creations spawn numerous print and merchandise incarnations that helped make him a influential figure in world pop culture.

Relationships

Deborah Caplin

Wife
married c. 1986 mother of Abe and Homer Groening filed for divorce in March 1999

Lauren Frances

Companion
dated for six years no longer together

Homer Groening

Father
cartoon character Homer Simpson named after him died March 15, 1996 of cancer

Margaret Groening

Mother
cartoon character Marge Simpson named after her

Abraham Groening

Son
born c. 1992 mother, Deborah Caplan

Homer Groening

Son
born March 23, 1989 mother, Deborah Caplan

Mark Groening

Brother
In a 1995 interview, Groening divulged that Mark "is the actual inspiration for Bart"

Lisa Groening

Sister
cartoon character Lisa Simpson named after her

Maggie Groening

Sister
cartoon character Maggie Simpson named after her

Patty Groening

Sister

EDUCATION

Evergreen State College

Olympia , Washington 1977

Milestones

2012

Celebrated 500th episode of "The Simpsons" (Feb. 19)

2010

Made first speaking appearance as himself on an episode of "Futurama"

2007

Executive produced "The Simpsons Movie," a feature adaption of long-running animated series

2006

Fox signed on for another two seasons of "The Simpsons," which made it the longest running cartoon in TV history

2004

Made his first speaking appearance on an episode of "The Simpsons" at a comic book convention

1999

Executive produced and had a speaking role in the animated holiday special "Olive, the Other Reindeer" (Fox)

1998

Created and executive produced the animated series "Futurama" (Fox)

1993

Launched four "Simpsons" related comic books: Simpson's Comics, Bartman, Itchy & Scratchy Comics, and Radioactive Man

1993

Formed comic-book company Bongo Comics Group

1989

Feature debut as a screenwriter, "The Simpsons" (Fox); made up of five shorts from "The Tracey Ullman Show"

1989

Created and executive produced the animated series "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1989

Made TV debut as an executive producer and creator with the first full length Simpsons special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," which aired as "The Simpsons Christmas Special" during first season of "The Simpsons"

1986

Made TV debut as an animator and writer with segments of "The Simpsons" for "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

1984

First book published, Love is Hell; content taken from the weekly "Life in Hell" comic strip

1977

Moved to Los Angeles

1977

First publication of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell"

With wife Deborah Caplan formed Life in Hell Co., which handled syndication and merchandise for Groening’s projects

Raised in Olympia, WA

Bonus Trivia

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"I think having a staff of people who aren't shaving yet is going to work in our favor – they're more in touch with Bart's inner child" – Groening on his writing staff for "The Simpsons," from The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 1993

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In February 2012, Groening donated $500,000 to UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television for the endowment of The Matt Groening Chair in Animation.

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