[9], Simon attended Beverly Hills High School, where he was on the football team and served as a cartoonist for the school newspaper. Sam Simon Dead: ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Dies at 59 – Variety He was 59. Emmy Award winner Sam Simon, who co-created 'The Simpsons’ and wrote episodes of ‘Taxi’ and ‘Cheers,’ has died aged 59. The cartoonist Matt … Sam Simon passed away at the age of 59. Co-creator, director, executive producer, showrunner, writer, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 20:10. 8 due to colon cancer. He was a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and Shanghai Noon (2000). "[62] 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. While at Stanford University, Simon worked as a newspaper cartoonist and after graduating became a storyboard artist at Filmation Studios. He was a vegan. … [9] After graduating, he worked as a television storyboard artist, and later a writer, at Filmation Studios. In the former he was nominated again in 1990, for the latter he was also nominated in 1987, 1988 and 1989. "[2], In January 1994, Simon co-created with comedian George Carlin the sitcom The George Carlin Show for Fox. [73] Around the year 2000, he joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). [6][7] Simon had a childhood which has been described as "comfortable"[8] and "privileged". [54], Simon won nine Primetime Emmy Awards and received ten further nominations for his work. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with cast members Alex Rocco, Chris Rich, Tony Starke. Co-creator of “The Simpsons” cartoon, Sam Simon, has passed away after a long bought with cancer, according to reports which indicated that the late philanthropist had died at his Los Angeles home at the age of 59. [1] It also provides free veterinary surgeries to pets belonging to low-income families,[2] and trains dogs to help soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. [28][56][57][58], Simon left Gracie Films and The Simpsons in 1993; he commented that he "wasn't enjoying it anymore," wished to pursue other projects, and that of "any show I've ever worked on, it turns me into a monster. Everyone in my family is taken care of. The tone, the storytelling, the level of humor—that was all developed on Sam's watch. Simon was hired as a writer, quickly becoming showrunner for its fifth and final season in 1983. "[1] 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,[6][31][35] as well as many of the one-time and guest-star roles, such as Bleeding Gums Murphy. [84] 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. Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has died following a long and difficult battle with colon cancer. [86], Simon was married to actress Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991 and remained friends with her. Sam Simon was born on June 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Samuel Michael Simon. The Simpsons episode "Waiting for Duffman" was dedicated to him. 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