Sam Simon
American writer, director, producer, boxing manager and philanthropist
Sam Simon
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.
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Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near San Simeon
LATimes - about 1 month
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning eight miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:55 a.m. PST at a depth of 4.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 22 miles from Paso Robles, 27 miles from Morro Bay...
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Earthquake: Magnitude 3.3 quake strikes near San Simeon and Hearst Castle
LATimes - about 1 year
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday morning eight miles from San Simeon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:28 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter in the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Hearst Castle...
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Sam Simon's 'Simpsons' animation and personal art up for auction: A peek at eight of the finds
LATimes - over 1 year
"The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon kept a sizable collection of art and memorabilia that included examples of his own cartoons -- colorful bits that will go up for auction at Sotheby's on Thursday along with selections from Simon's trove of comics, animal rights and sports ephemera. "The Creative...
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The Insane Battle Over Sam Simon???s Will ??? Should the Simpson???s Co-Creator???s Trust Pay $140,000 Per Year For One Dog???s Care?
Yahoo News - over 1 year
"He would be enraged" says friend Merrill Markoe, as the estate of Sam Simon sits at the center of a bizarre fight surrounding his beloved-yet-volatile pooch Columbo and the trust that's stopped paying for his care and hasn't kept the money flowing to the animal-rights organizations to whom Simon had dedicated his life (and fortune): "He would never cut off funds to his own f???ing dog!"
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LA Winery? Totally, Dude
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
There's a place, just north of DTLA, where Angelenos - or visitors - can have an immersive experience of a fantastic meal, a tasting tour of a winery, and get a history lesson on LA's early wine making pioneers. And its been there over 98 years. Hidden along the industrial streets of the warehouse district, Los Angeles' San Antonio Winery has been making wine since 1917, surviving prohibition only by becoming a sanctioned wine maker for the Catholic Church... amen! Today, the renovated, working winery and restaurant embraces its heritage and boasts some of California's least known, yet finest wines. Yes way, dude. Winemaking in LA. Totally awesome. Winemaker Arnaud Debons worked in the Bordeaux and Cahors regions of France after graduating from the prestigious winemaking program at the University of Toulouse in France. He brings his expert tastebuds to San Antonio Winery and we get spoiled as we taste triumph with every sip and bite. Daily wine tours and tastings offer an ...
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Get Happy Mister wins San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita
USA Today - almost 2 years
Get Happy Mister wins San Simeon Stakes by 1 length on closing day at Santa Anita           
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Sam Simon, 'Simpsons' producer, dies at 59
CNN - almost 2 years
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Sam Simon, "Simpsons" co-creator and philanthropist, dies at 59
CBS News - almost 2 years
Simon, who died after a long battle with cancer, channeled much of his personal fortune into social causes including animal welfare
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Sea Shepherd vessel the Sam Simon. Source: Supplied - NEWS.com.au
Google News - about 2 years
NEWS.com.au Sea Shepherd vessel the Sam Simon. Source: Supplied NEWS.com.au SEA Shepherd ship the Sam Simon was almost rammed after it intercepted two of three suspected toothfish poaching vessels that last month evaded the New Zealand Navy. Sam Simon captain Sid Chakravarty said the Yongding and the Kunlun had been in ... Poachers tried to ram Sea Shepherd ship - captainRadio New Zealand all 19 news articles »
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Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near San Simeon, Calif.
LATimes - about 3 years
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon eight miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:58 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 mile.
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The Power of the Headset -- Inside the WGA Awards
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Award Season is in full swing leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2nd. Recently, the Writers Guild of America held its own award show honoring outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television and a slew of other media. Bestowed with an All Access badge and a headset, I was able to roam through every nook and cranny of the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles at the show. Truth be told, this wasn't part of any scam, nor did I win some contest; and I'm certainly not any sort of VIP that is entitled to such privilege. I'm a journalist who happened to be working the award show -- escorting talent along the red carpet before the show and walking winners to the press room during the program. Assigned to escort presenters, including the always affable Walton Goggins of Justified and TV icon Henry Winkler, known as the nicest man in show business (depending whom you talk to -- some say the same about Tom Hanks), it was fascinating to get such an insi ...
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Empathy, Apathy and the Categorical Imperative
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The world will never be perfect, as adults we accept this. It's unlikely any of us will live to see an end to world poverty, hunger or the ills of man. However, what I often find myself most astounded by is the lack of human empathy displayed by those of us who are fortunate enough to live without having to worry where our next meal will come from. We live comfortably, in a modern era of convenience. We have dishwashers to clean our dishes, washing machines to clean our clothes and Google to answer all of our questions. So how is it that we have less time than ever to share with others, despite our burgeoning social media accounts? Is it that we are we so bombarded with the boundless problems of the world that we feel nothing can be done? Are statistics presented in a format so clinical that we can no longer recognize the human component? Many well-intended people satisfy the need to do their part by reposting info-graphics on Twitter or Facebook. Though I'll gladly acknowledge that ...
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Lost Engagement Ring Finds Its Way From Hawaii To Alaska
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Julie Douthit was devastated when her engagement ring slipped off her finger while on vacation in Hawaii. She and Sam Simeon were newly engaged in November and were vacationing with Sam's family. The ring was "maybe just half a size" too big, Julie told the Anchorage Daily News, and slipped off when she was in the ocean. The family spent an hour snorkeling and looking for the ring to no avail. Sam's father, Jon Simeon, started reading into the situation. "Maybe this is not meant to be," he recalled, "maybe they are getting married too young." Sam, 20, and Julie, 19, are high school sweethearts from Alaska. Sam is in the Navy and stationed in San Diego. The engagement ring was all they could afford: gold with two heart-shaped stones, one emerald and one topaz, with their names engraved alongside the phrase, "Our love grows stronger." A week later, at the same beach where the ring had been lost, Jon Simeon came across an off-duty lifeguard, Jason Freitas. Freitas had a metal de ...
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Drug smuggling boat found in Cayucos
Cal Coast News - over 3 years
A California Highway Patrol airplane discovered an abandoned panga boat north of Cayucos on Saturday morning. San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies responded and found evidence that the boat had been used to transport narcotics. Deputies also found 15 fuel containers aboard the boat. Incidents of drug dealers bringing marijuana into the United States from Mexico […] Related posts: Investigators estimate Vandenberg pot at $2.8 million Panga boat beaches near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Suspected smugglers beach panga boat near San Simeon
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Panga boat beaches near San Simeon campground
Cal Coast News - over 3 years
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies and State Park Rangers discovered a beached panga boat with a package of marijuana near the San Simeon State Park Campground Tuesday morning. The 30-foot panga boat had been abandoned with one 30-pound package of marijuana inside. Investigators believe that smugglers unloaded several thousand pounds of marijuana from the […] Related posts: Panga boat beaches near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Boat loaded with marijuana found near San Simeon Montana de...
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How 'The Simpsons' Creator Is Coping With His Cancer Battle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Since word got out about Sam Simon's cancer, this co-creator of "The Simpsons" and fervent philanthropist has heard from many people online asking to help rid him of his sizable wealth. "Some people just want a million dollars. Or help with college tuition. And the rest have business propositions," he chortles. "Like that should be my legacy: to lose money on your movie or your moisturizer line. "I'm bedridden," says Simon, milking the scenario for all its tragicomic worth, "weighing whether to dole my money to people lined up outside the house!" He laughs, flashing a piano-keys grin. Then he gets serious. "I'm supporting the charities that I supported during my lifetime," he states, "and I want to continue to do that." With every cent of his fortune. Simon, 58, isn't exactly bedridden. For this recent interview he has presented himself, sporty in sweater and slacks, to meet with a reporter in the guest house of his swank estate in Pacific P ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Simon
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    Simon died in his Los Angeles home from complications from the disease on March 8, 2015, aged 59.
    More Details Hide Details His remains were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Controversy surrounds the management of his trust, and the lack of donations to groups which he supported in his lifetime. Footnotes Bibliography
  • 2012
    Age 56
    In late 2012, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer which later metastasized to his other organs, including his liver and kidneys.
    More Details Hide Details He had been feeling ill for some time and had earlier been misdiagnosed. He was given between three and six months to live; chemotherapy treatment reduced the size of his tumors over the following six months. He arranged for his fortune to be left to various charitable causes, stating "The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this."
    He was dating Kate Porter, a make-up artist, from 2012 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Simon had three dogs, supported the Democratic Party, and was vegan. He lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, in the restored Bailey House, designed by Richard Neutra. After his home was destroyed by a fire in 2007, Simon redesigned it to be environmentally friendly; much of the interior is constructed from recycled materials while solar panels provide virtually its entire power needs. The building has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certificate. He had an extensive art collection; he owned paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, John Singer Sargent and one of the original casts of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker. He also had a sculpture by Robert Graham and works by Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, Ed Ruscha and Richard Estes.
  • 2011
    Age 55
    Simon was engaged to chef and caterer Jenna Stewart around 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    He had previously appeared on a 2009 episode of High Stakes Poker.
    More Details Hide Details Simon won nine Primetime Emmy Awards and received ten further nominations for his work. For The Tracey Ullman Show he won the Emmys for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series in 1989 and Outstanding Writing In A Variety Or Music Program in 1990. In the former he was nominated again in 1990, for the latter he was also nominated in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He received the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) for The Simpsons in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001 with further nominations in 1990 (for "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" which was counted as a separate special), 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2002. He was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for Taxi in 1983 and Cheers in 1985, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1988 and Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special for The Best of Tracey Ullman Show in 1990. He also won a Peabody Award for The Simpsons in 1996. In 2013, Simon was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award Animation Writers Caucus lifetime achievement award for his work in animation; the following year the WGA awarded him the Valentine Davies Award for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His biggest win in terms of both field size and prize money was the $200 1,082-player No-Limit Hold'em $150,000 Guarantee at the 2010 Winnin O' The Green, where he won $57,308. Simon's private poker games between him and his celebrity friends have been described as "raucous and very entertaining". Their reputation led Playboy TV to produce the show Sam's Game, a televised version featuring Simon as host and master of ceremonies of a Las Vegas celebrity Texas Hold 'em match; he produced the show.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    He also finished 16th winning $35,493 at the $1,000 1,048-player No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys in 2007, 41st winning $10,708 at the $1,000 706-player No-Limit Hold'em w/ReBuys in 2008, 53rd winning $10,692 at the $1,000 879-player No-Limit Hold'em w/ReBuys in 2008, 20th winning $24,066 at the $10,000 275-player World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em in 2009, and 500th winning $23,876 at the $10,000 6,865-player No-Limit Hold'em Championship in 2011.
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    In 2007, at the 6,358-player $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event, he finished 329th with $39,445.
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    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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  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 48
    He considers guiding Brewster to his April 2004 victory over Wladimir Klitschko to win the vacant WBO Heavyweight Championship, with Klitschko the heavy favorite, to be amongst the greatest moments of his life; it "eclipsed everything he had achieved in a glittering 26-year showbiz career."
    More Details Hide Details Before the Klitschko fight, Simon calculated he had spent several hundred thousand dollars funding Brewster, paying him a large salary on top of match fees as well as letting him stay rent-free at one of his houses, and taking only a 10% cut of the match fees; however, he never intended boxing to be a substantial "source of revenue". Simon retired from boxing management soon after Brewster became WBO Heavyweight Champion. Simon was a regular poker player, and Texas hold 'em in particular. He was introduced to the game as a child through weekly family poker games and casino trips with his grandfather. Simon did not consider himself a serious player until a game at writer David Steinberg's house with several "scholarly" players, which encouraged him to study the game and enter numerous tournaments, although he decided not to become professional.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Simon founded the Sam Simon Foundation, which consists of a mobile veterinary clinic that goes into low-income neighborhoods offering free surgeries for cats and dogs several days per week, as well as a program that rescues and trains shelter dogs. He also funded the self-christened Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel the MY Sam Simon. Simon was engaged at the time of his death, having been previously twice married, including to the actress Jennifer Tilly. Following a profile of Simon on 60 Minutes in 2007, CBS writer Daniel Schorn wrote in an online article that Simon was "perhaps the Renaissance man of the baffling, uncertain age we live in." Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012 and given only three to six months to live.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details An episode of 60 Minutes broadcast in March 2007 described it as "the grandest dog shelter in the country, a five star, spread in Malibu, perhaps the most desirable real estate on the planet. Here, among the waterfalls and the manicured grounds, The Sam Simon Foundation gives stray and abandoned dogs a new lease on life, literally." As Simon explained, the foundation aims to "rescue dogs" and "train them to be service dogs, help people with disabilities," primarily the deaf. It also provides free veterinary surgeries to pets belonging to low-income families, and trains dogs to help soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Simon said the money he used was "well spent just for the pleasure it gives me." The training program has a 20% success rate, because many of the rescued dogs "have physical and psychological problems" but the dogs who cannot be trained are put up for adoption. The foundation is non-profit, does not accept public donations, but does receive some federal government funding due to a bill written and passed by Senator Al Franken. In 2011, Simon established and self-funded the Sam Simon Foundation Feeding Families program, a food truck which delivers vegan food to low-income families; the program helps feed some 200 families per week. He donated an undisclosed sum to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2012 for the purpose of purchasing another vessel for their fleet, the, which was unveiled in December 2012.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    He married Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell in 2000, and the marriage lasted three weeks.
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  • 1999
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving The Simpsons and The George Carlin Show, Simon sought to find a "life outside television," as working in the industry "made him crazy." On working in television, Simon concluded: "In some ways, it's the greatest job in the world. You make a product that's given away, and all it does is make people smile. Nobody gets hurt, there's no damage, and you can get crazy rich." Simon retired from full-time television work, although still worked in the media, frequently contributing, as a writer and a participant, to Howard Stern's radio shows. He wrote and directed the one-off radio sitcom "The Bitter Half" for Stern's Howard 101 in 2006. Simon had his own show on Radioio. Simon returned to television production work in 2012, serving as a consultant and director on the series Anger Management for half a day a week.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    He was also a creative consultant on Bless This House in 1996.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details From 1998 to 2003, he served as a consulting producer and director for The Drew Carey Show, and directed the show's series finale.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 38
    In January 1994, Simon co-created with comedian George Carlin the sitcom The George Carlin Show for Fox.
    More Details Hide Details It aired for 27 episodes before being canceled in December 1995. Simon served as showrunner throughout its run and directed several episodes. Simon persuaded Carlin to do the show after writing it as something which would not be "typically sitcomy." He conceived the show as what Carlin's life would have been like had he never become a comedian; Carlin played a heavy drinking New York taxi driver. Simon commented: "When I was doing The Simpsons, people couldn't see how smart it was because of the low moments. There's something about this show. People who like it say it's classy. They don't see how vulgar it is." Carlin wrote negatively of his relationship with Simon. On his own website, Carlin wrote of the show: "always check mental health of creative partner beforehand. Loved the actors, loved the crew. Had a great time. Couldn't wait to get the fuck out of there." In his final book, the posthumously published Last Words (2009), Carlin elaborated: "I had a great time. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with cast members Alex Rocco, Chris Rich, Tony Starke. There was a very strange, very good sense of humor on that stage... The biggest problem, though, was that Sam Simon was a fucking horrible person to be around. Very, very funny, extremely bright and brilliant, but an unhappy person who treated other people poorly."
  • 1993
    Age 37
    Simon left Gracie Films and The Simpsons in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Simon commented that he "wasn't enjoying it anymore," wished to pursue other projects, and "that any show I've ever worked on, it turns me into a monster. I go crazy. I hate myself." Before leaving, he negotiated a deal that saw him receive a share of the show's profits every year, particularly from home media, and an executive producer credit despite not having worked on the show since 1993. The deal means he made over $10 million a year from The Simpsons; he later told Stanford Magazine that "tens of millions" was a closer figure. Simon commented: "When I was there I thought I was underpaid. I thought I wasn't getting enough credit for it. Now, I think it's completely the opposite. I get too much credit for it. And the money is ridiculous."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year Simon co-created The George Carlin Show, before later working as a director on shows such as The Drew Carey Show. Simon won nine Primetime Emmy Awards for his television work.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    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."
    More Details Hide Details He began training and won six out of nine amateur fights; he was also a reserve contestant on the Fox series Celebrity Boxing. Simon was for eight years the manager of heavyweight boxer Lamon Brewster, the now-retired former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion. He met Brewster in 1997 and began managing him, helping him rise to the top of the WBO rankings.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The cartoons were developed into a full series two years later. For The Simpsons, Simon served alongside Matt Groening (who conceived the show and the five main characters) and Brooks as executive producer and showrunner for the show's first (1989–1990) and second (1990–1991) seasons, and was creative supervisor for the first four seasons. He assembled and led the initial team of writers, consisting of John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, George Meyer, Jeff Martin, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. Simon has been credited with "developing show's sensibility". Former Simpsons director Brad Bird has described him as "the unsung hero" of the show, while Vitti has stated to "leave out Sam Simon" is to tell "the managed version" of The Simpsons history, because "he was the guy we wrote for." Writer Ken Levine called Simon "the real creative force behind The Simpsons The tone, the storytelling, the level of humor – that was all developed on Sam's watch." Levine says that Simon "brought a level of honesty to the characters" and made them "three-dimensional", adding that his "comedy is all about character, not just a string of gags. In The Simpsons, the characters are motivated by their emotions and their foibles. 'What are they thinking?'—that is Sam's contribution. The stories come from the characters." Simon crafted much of the world of Springfield and designed the models for many of the show's recurring characters, including Mr. Burns, Dr. Hibbert, Chief Wiggum and Eddie and Lou, as well as many of the one-time and guest star roles, such as Bleeding Gums Murphy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 28
    Simon was married to actress Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991 and remained friends with her.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details Simon also wrote and produced for Best of the West (1981), Barney Miller (1982) and It's Garry Shandling's Show (1987–1988), and wrote the 1991 film The Super. box I was hoping for 13 episodes that my friends would like. It's a good lesson, isn't it? Simon co-developed the animated series The Simpsons, which premiered on the Fox network in 1989 and has remained on air ever since. The show is regarded as one of the greatest television shows of all time, with Time magazine naming it the 20th century's best series.
  • 1983
    Age 27
    Simon was hired as a writer, quickly becoming showrunner for its fifth and final season in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Simon next worked as a writer and producer on Cheers from seasons one to three (1982–1985), writing five episodes: "Endless Slumper", "Battle of the Ex's", "Fairytales Can Come True", "Cheerio Cheers" and "The Bartender's Tale".
  • 1981
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    He later attended Stanford University, graduating in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Simon had not wished to attend college, but Stanford persuaded him to apply due to his sufficient grades and proficiency at football; Simon quit the football team after one day. Simon drew comics for the college newspaper, but was denied admission to a drawing class for not being talented enough. As he recalled to the Stanford alumni magazine, he was told, “You’d be taking the space of a student who has talent.” Simon majored in psychology, but did not focus on his academics. While still at Stanford, Simon's first job was a newspaper sports cartoonist for The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. After graduating, he worked as a television storyboard artist, and later a writer, at Filmation Studios. There he worked on several animated shows, including The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1979). Simon recalls Filmation approving of his work because he was "self-taught and unschooled," but Simon felt the majority of what the studio produced was "awful".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Simon was born Samuel Michael Simon on June 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in Beverly Hills and Malibu. Simon's family lived opposite Groucho Marx. Simon's father was a cheap clothing manufacturer and was of Estonian Jewish heritage. Simon had a childhood which has been described as "comfortable" and "privileged". Although his parents wanted Simon to become a lawyer, Simon was interested in art from a young age, appearing on televised local art programs at the age of five. He once was told by Walt Disney that he would one day work at his studio. Simon attended Beverly Hills High School, where he was on the football team and served as a cartoonist for the school newspaper. He was awarded "Most Humorous" and "Most Talented" in his senior yearbook.
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