Sam Simon is an inspiration. A TV genius who helped shape what came into our homes. Now the co-creator of "The Simpsons" is inspiring us in a different way.
First came the sad news for our Fox family that Simon was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. He was given only a few months to live. Then came word that Simon would do something far beyond what most people would ever think of doing- he's going to give away most of his fortune to charity before he dies. The Hollywood Reporter says the 58 year old Simon has decided to give millions that he has earned to charity- to the help feed the homeless and care for animals. (PETA, Save the Children, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are among the charities mentioned).
Sam Simon's biography is impressive. This is from our friends at TMZ:
Sam Simon (born June 6, 1955) 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. Over the next few years, Simon wrote and produced for Cheers, It's Garry Shandling's Show and other programs, as well as writing the 1991 film The Super.
In 1989 he developed the animated comedy series The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Simon assembled the show's first writing team, co-wrote eight episodes and has been credited with "developing [the show's] sensibility". Simon's relationship with Groening was strained and he left the show in 1993, negotiating a pay-off which sees him receive tens of millions of dollars from the show's revenue each year.
Simon also was one of the creative geniuses behind the TV shows "Taxi" and "The Drew Carey Show."
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