Richard Appel

Writer and Producer
Born May 21, 1963

Richard "Rich" Appel is an American writer, producer and former attorney. Growing up in Wilmette, Illinois, Appel developed a love of comedy and dreamt of a career as a comedy writer; he attended Harvard University and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. Following in his mother's footsteps Appel instead became a lawyer. After attending law school he started out as a law clerk for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. before becoming a federal attorney, serving as assistant U.S.… Read More

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1963 Birth Richard James Appel was born May 21, 1963 in New York City, to Nina (neé Schick) and Alfred Appel. … Read More


1985 22 Years Old …  After graduation in 1985 with a degree in history and literature, Appel attended Harvard Law School rather than moving into comedy, because the idea of following his mother and grandfathers into the legal profession "appealed" to him. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old Subsequently, for three years from 1990, Appel served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. … Read More


1993 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Appel still had dreams of becoming a comedy writer despite the security working as a lawyer offered him, but only in 1993, after his wife became pregnant, was Appel "reminded that this was his life and he could shape it." … Read More
1994 31 Years Old Appel got his first television job when David Mirkin hired him for the writing staff of The Simpsons in 1994, initially on a ten-week contract, and served as a writer and producer there for four years. … Read More
1997 34 Years Old Daniels hired Appel as executive producer and showrunner on King of the Hill in 1997, leading the show's writing process and overseeing all aspects of the show. … Read More
2001 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He stayed until 2001. … Read More


2004 41 Years Old Appel then wrote and worked as a co-executive producer on The Bernie Mac Show and Kitchen Confidential, and appeared as Josh in the 2004 film I ♥ Huckabees.
2006 43 Years Old In 2006, Appel produced a pilot called My Ex Life about two divorcing couples for CBS, which was directed by Kelsey Grammer. … Read More
2007 44 Years Old Appel co-created, alongside Mike Henry and Seth MacFarlane, the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, which they began discussing in 2007 and which premiered September 27, 2009. … Read More
2010 47 Years Old Appel signed a new three-year, seven figure deal with Fox to continue serving as showrunner on The Cleveland Show in 2010. … Read More
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