Biography

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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1954-02-15

Place of Birth Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Dreadtown as Himself
The Rock Bottom Remainders as Self
2015 A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman as Himself
2015 I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! as Himself
2015 Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents as Himself
2014 Sex and Broadcasting as Himself
2014 I Know That Voice as Himself
2011 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope as Himself
2010 The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! as Himself
2008 The Seventh Python as Himself
2007 Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary as Himself
2005 The Devil and Daniel Johnston as Himself
2004 Hair High as Will (voice)
2001 Richard & Judy(1 episode)
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer as Arturo (voice)
1997 The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart as Himself
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1993 The Revenge of the Dead Indians as Himself
1989 The Simpsons(2 episodes)
1989 Prisoners of Gravity(1 episode)
1969 The Story as Himself

Writing

2018 Disenchantment(1 episode)Writer
2012 Maggie Simpson in The Longest DaycareWriter
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion BacksAuthor
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big ScoreAuthor
2007 The Simpsons MovieScreenplay
1999 Futurama(3 episodes)Writer
1989 The Simpsons(17 episodes)Writer
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show(81 episodes)Writer

Production

2018 Disenchantment(10 episodes)Executive Producer
2017 The Simpsons: Don Hertzfeldt Couch GagExecutive Producer
2007 The Simpsons MovieProducer
1999 Olive, the Other ReindeerExecutive Producer
1999 Futurama(130 episodes)Executive Producer
1989 The Simpsons(613 episodes)Executive Producer

Creator

2018 DisenchantmentCreator
1999 FuturamaCreator
1999 The PJsCreator
1989 The SimpsonsCreator

Crew

2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green YonderCreator
2008 Futurama: Bender's GameCreator

Directing

2004 The Simpsons - On Your Marks, Get Set, D'oh!Director

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