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Matt Groening

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama. Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters — while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired over 480 episodes. In 1997, Groening, along with former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons. Groening has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell. Description above from the Wikipedia article Matt Groening, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 15, 1954 In Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Story 1969-02-18
Latest Project:
Movie A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman 2015-12-26
Known For
Poster of I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
Poster of The Daily Show
Poster of The Story
Movie Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents Himself 2015-03-14
Movie I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! Himself 2015-04-25
Movie A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman Self - Creator of 'The Simpsons' 2015-12-26
Movie I Know That Voice Himself 2014-01-07
Movie Sex and Broadcasting Himself 2014-11-15
Movie The One and Only June Foray Himself 2013-01-16
Movie Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Self 2011-09-10
Movie The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special - In 3D! On Ice! Himself 2010-01-10
Movie The Seventh Python Himself 2008-06-26
Movie Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Himself 2007-05-20
Movie Tales of the Rat Fink Finkster 2006-01-01
Movie The Devil and Daniel Johnston Himself 2006-03-31
Movie Hair High Will (voice) 2004-04-17
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2001-11-26
Movie Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens – A Life in Animation 2000-11-08
Movie Olive, The Other Reindeer Arturo (voice) 1999-12-17
Movie The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart Himself 1997-08-19
Series The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie The Revenge of the Dead Indians Himself 1993-01-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie The Rock Bottom Remainders Self 1992-05-25
Movie Peefeeyatko Self 1991-01-01
Series Prisoners of Gravity Unknown 1989-08-21
Movie The Story Himself 1969-02-18