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Born: March 15, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession:

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While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Silverman was a struggling animator in the 1980s before the boom in feature film and primetime animation, and was on the verge of quitting the business altogether when he took a chance on a series of short bumpers about a dysfunctional cartoon family on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). A key player in laying the ground rules for transforming Groening's two-dimensional drawings into characters that, for a time, were a pop culture phenomenon, Silverman also directed countless episodes during the first several seasons. After branching out to try his hand on other projects, including a co-directing stint on the feature hit "Monsters Inc." (2001) and consulting on "Ice Age" (2002), Silverman was brought back to fictional Springfield to direct the long-awaited feature, "The Simpsons Movie" (2007). But it was television that proved to be his bread and butter, as Silverman was the creator of other animated shows like "Cleghorne!" (The WB, 1995-96) and "The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon,...

While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Silverman was a struggling animator in the 1980s before the boom in feature film and primetime animation, and was on the verge of quitting the business altogether when he took a chance on a series of short bumpers about a dysfunctional cartoon family on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). A key player in laying the ground rules for transforming Groening's two-dimensional drawings into characters that, for a time, were a pop culture phenomenon, Silverman also directed countless episodes during the first several seasons. After branching out to try his hand on other projects, including a co-directing stint on the feature hit "Monsters Inc." (2001) and consulting on "Ice Age" (2002), Silverman was brought back to fictional Springfield to direct the long-awaited feature, "The Simpsons Movie" (2007). But it was television that proved to be his bread and butter, as Silverman was the creator of other animated shows like "Cleghorne!" (The WB, 1995-96) and "The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon, 1998-2004), while also writing for "Dilbert" (UPN, 1998-2000) and the live-action "Undressed" (MTV, 1999-2002), making Silverman as versatile as he was talented.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Monsters, Inc. (2001) Co-Director
3.
  Road to El Dorado, The (2000) Additional Sequences Director (Artistic Supervisor)
4.
  Robocop 3 (1993) Director (Johnny Rehab Commercial)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monsters, Inc. (2001) Additional Voice
2.
 Dangerous Affection (1987) Tow Truck Driver
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Enrolled at the University of Maryland to study architecture; after two years transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles to study film and animation
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Drew cartoons for <i>The Los Angeles Times </i>
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Landed first professional job, assisting lead animators on "Mr. T." (NBC)
1987:
Began animating 30-second sketches for "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox); the Matt Groening-created segments eventually became "The Simpsons"
1989:
Directed "The Simpsons" (Fox) pilot titled "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"; directed multiple episodes throughout series run; also produced
1993:
Directed an animated segment in the action feature "RoboCop 3"
2000:
Feature directorial debut, "Road to El Dorado" (1998), which was the first animated film for DreamWorks SKG
2001:
Co-directed Pixar animated hit "Monsters, Inc."
2007:
Directed the animated feature "The Simpsons Movie"
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Education

University of Maryland: -
University of California (UCLA): Los Angeles , California -

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