Sam Simon

A key figure - according to many, ithe/i significant creative force - behind "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ), writer/producer/director Sam Simon was responsible for much of the historic animated series' tone and direction ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (8)

The Simpsons 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cheers 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Producer

Z Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shaping Up 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer
Director (7)

The Drew Carey Show 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The George Carlin Show 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Norm 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Michael Richards Show 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Norm Show 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Men Behaving Badly 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Friends 1997 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (3)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer

Sunday Night With Larry King 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

The Super 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Shanghai Noon 2000 (Movie)

Chief's Entourage (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer
Other (2)

Anger Management 1984 - 1985, 1989 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Consultant

Bless This House (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

A key figure - according to many, <i>the</i> significant creative force - behind "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ), writer/producer/director Sam Simon was responsible for much of the historic animated series' tone and direction during its initial seasons before departing in 1993 to focus on other programs and a vast array of philanthropic efforts. The Los Angeles native began in daytime animated programming before penning scripts and producing for several popular primetime series, including "Taxi" (NBC/ABC 1978-1983) before collaborating with James L. Brooks and Matt Groening on "The Simpsons." Simon was credited with laying the foundation for many of the show's characters and its more adult, story-driven tone, but clashes with Brooks and Groening led to his departure in its third season. He left the show with a historic contract that granted him a yearly portion of its immense profits, which made him extraordinarily wealthy. Simon dabbled in producing and directing other series, including "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC 1995-2004), but devoted much of his time to establishing charities that cared for animals and people in need. A 2012 diagnosis of terminal cancer prompted him to dedicate his remaining time and fortune to various charities, which underscored the shift in his status from one of the entertainment industry's most successful but volatile figures to one of its most caring. Sam Simon died at his Los Angeles home on March 8, 2015, at the age of 59.

Relationships

Jami Ferrell Actor

Ex-Wife

Jennifer Tilly Actor

Ex-Wife

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Cartoonist for the school newspaper

Milestones

2012

Executive consultant, "Anger Management"

2009

Producer, "Sam's Game"

2002

Launches Sam Simon Foundation

1998

Consulting producer, "The Drew Carey Show"

1994

Producer, "The George Carlin Show"

1993

Departs "The Simpsons" with historic participation deal

1989

Develops "The Simpsons" as weekly series for Fox

1988

Producer of "Simpsons" shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show"

1982

Writes and co-produces "Taxi"

1972

Earliest credits as writer/animator on "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"

Bonus Trivia

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Simon's credit during "Treehouse of Horror" episodes has always been "Sam 'Sayonara' Simon," which is believed to be a reference to his early departure from the series.

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Was the Dial-a-Friend for both Norm McDonald and Drew Carey during their appearances on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 2000.

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His home in the Pacific Palisades was largely destroyed in a 2007 fire, after which Simon replaced most of the building material with recycled material and powered the entire house with solar panels.

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His large collection of art includes one of the original reproductions of "The Thinker," as well as paintings by American artists Thomas Hart Benton and John Singer Sargeant.

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Produced and appeared in the short-lived "Sam's Game" (2009) for Playboy TV; the series, which featured Simon as host and an array of celebrities, including ex-wife Jennifer Tilly, in high-stakes poker at Hugh Hefner's Palm Springs estate.

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Trained as a boxer following his departure from "The Simpsons" and won six out of nine bouts.

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PETA named their Norfolk, Virginia headquarters after Simon.

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