Sam Simon

Writer + Director + Producer + Boxing Manager and Philanthropist
Born Jun 6, 1955

Samuel "Sam" Simon is an American director, producer, writer, boxing manager and philanthropist. While at Stanford University, Simon worked as a newspaper cartoonist and after graduating became a storyboard artist at Filmation Studios. He submitted a spec script for the sitcom Taxi, which was produced, and later became the series' showrunner.… Read More

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1955 Birth Simon was born Samuel Michael Simon on June 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, United States. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old He later attended Stanford University, graduating in 1977. … Read More
1981 26 Years Old On the suggestion of Filmation producer Lou Scheimer who was impressed by Simon's writing ability, Simon submitted a spec script for the series Taxi which was produced and aired in 1981 during its third season.
1983 28 Years Old Simon was hired as a writer, quickly becoming showrunner for its fifth and final season in 1983. … Read More
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Simon created, wrote and produced the short-lived sitcom Shaping Up in 1984, alongside Ken Estin; the show starred Leslie Nielsen as a gym owner and ran for five episodes on ABC. … Read More


1987 32 Years Old The premise for the series originated as a series of short cartoons airing in 1987 as part of The Tracey Ullman Show, on which Simon was a writer and executive producer alongside James L. Brooks, with whom Simon had worked on Taxi. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old Simon was a long time fan of boxing, attending fights with his grandfather, but his interest increased particularly after seeing the 1990 heavyweight championship fight between Evander Holyfield and James "Buster" Douglas which he described as "the most electrifying feeling I'd had in my life." … Read More
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…  Simon's relationship with Groening was strained and he left the show in 1993, negotiating a pay-off which saw him receive tens of millions of dollars from the show's revenue each year. … Read More
1994 39 Years Old In January 1994, Simon co-created with comedian George Carlin the sitcom The George Carlin Show for Fox. … Read More


1996 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He directed on the American adaptation of the sitcom Men Behaving Badly in 1996, the Friends season three episode "The One Without the Ski Trip" in 1997, and several episodes of The Norm Show (1999) and The Michael Richards Show (2000). … Read More
1999 44 Years Old From 1999 to some time in the early 2000s,Simon was President of e-Nexus Studios the once entertainment content arm of ZeniMax Media, Parent Company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.After E-Nexus was shut down, Simon became President of the creative group at ZeniMax Productions, another subsidiary of ZeniMax. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old He married Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell in 2000, and the marriage lasted three weeks.
2002 47 Years Old Simon was a staunch advocate for animal rights. Starting in 2002, Simon self-funded, at an annual cost of several million dollars, The Sam Simon Foundation, which has a mobile clinic that provides free surgeries for cats and dogs, as well as rescuing and retraining shelter dogs who might otherwise be euthanized. … Read More
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Simon turned to fields outside television in his later years. Simon regularly appeared on Howard Stern's radio shows, managed boxer Lamon Brewster and helped guide Lamon to the World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Championship in 2004 and was a regular poker player and six-time in the money finisher at the World Series of Poker. … Read More


He competed at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) each year between 2007 and 2011, finishing in the money in six events.
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He also won the $300 438-player No-Limit Hold'em Bounty $100,000 Guarantee at the 2009 L.A. Poker Open, winning $22,228. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old Simon was engaged to chef and caterer Jenna Stewart around 2011.
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He was dating Kate Porter, a make-up artist, from 2012 until his death. … Read More


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Simon died in his Los Angeles home from complications from the disease on March 8, 2015, aged 59. … Read More
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