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Also Known As: Matthew Abram Groening Died:
Born: February 15, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Portland, Oregon, USA Profession: cartoonist, producer, animator, screenwriter, chauffeur

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As the creator of the long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), as well as the equally venerable weekly comic strip "Life in Hell," cartoonist Matt Groening watched his creations spawn numerous print and merchandise incarnations that helped make him a influential figure in world pop culture.

As the creator of the long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), as well as the equally venerable weekly comic strip "Life in Hell," cartoonist Matt Groening watched his creations spawn numerous print and merchandise incarnations that helped make him a influential figure in world pop culture.

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 Comic Book: The Movie (2004) Himself
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 Hair High (2004) Voice Of Wil
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 Olive the Other Reindeer (1999) Voice Of Arturo
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 Beatles Revolution, The (2000) Interviewee
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Raised in Olympia, WA
1977:
Moved to Los Angeles
1977:
First publication of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell"
1984:
First book published, <i>Love is Hell</i>; content taken from the weekly "Life in Hell" comic strip
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With wife Deborah Caplan formed Life in Hell Co., which handled syndication and merchandise for Groening┬┐s projects
1986:
Made TV debut as an animator and writer with segments of "The Simpsons" for "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)
1989:
Feature debut as a screenwriter, "The Simpsons" (Fox); made up of five shorts from "The Tracey Ullman Show"
1989:
Created and executive produced the animated series "The Simpsons" (Fox)
1989:
Made TV debut as an executive producer and creator with the first full length Simpsons special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," which aired as "The Simpsons Christmas Special" during first season of "The Simpsons"
1993:
Formed comic-book company Bongo Comics Group
1993:
Launched four "Simpsons" related comic books: <i>Simpson's Comics</i>, <i>Bartman</i>, <i>Itchy & Scratchy Comics</i>, and <i>Radioactive Man</i>
1998:
Created and executive produced the animated series "Futurama" (Fox)
1999:
Executive produced and had a speaking role in the animated holiday special "Olive, the Other Reindeer" (Fox)
2004:
Made his first speaking appearance on an episode of "The Simpsons" at a comic book convention
2006:
Fox signed on for another two seasons of "The Simpsons," which made it the longest running cartoon in TV history
2007:
Executive produced "The Simpsons Movie," a feature adaption of long-running animated series
2010:
Made first speaking appearance as himself on an episode of "Futurama"
2012:
Celebrated 500th episode of "The Simpsons" (Feb. 19)
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Education

Evergreen State College: Olympia , Washington - 1977

Notes

"I think having a staff of people who aren't shaving yet is going to work in our favor--they're more in touch with Bart's inner child" --Groening on his writing staff for "The Simpsons", from LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 30, 1993

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wife:
Deborah Caplin. Married c. 1986; mother of Abe and Homer Groening; filed for divorce in March 1999.

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father:
Homer Groening. Former cartoonist. Cartoon character Homer Simpson named after him; died March 15, 1996 of cancer.
mother:
Margaret Groening. Cartoon character Marge Simpson named after her.
sister:
Lisa Groening. Cartoon character Lisa Simpson named after her.
sister:
Maggie Groening. Cartoon character Maggie Simpson named after her.
son:
Homer Groening. Born March 23, 1989; mother, Deborah Caplan.
son:
Abraham Groening. Born c. 1992; mother, Deborah Caplan.
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"Love is Hell"
"Work is Hell"
"School is Hell"
"The Big Book of Hell"
"Akbar & Jeff's Guide to Life"
"The Simpsons Xmas Book"
"Greetings from the Simpsons"
"The Simpson's Uncensored Family Album"
"Simpson Illustrated"
"Simpsons Comics" Bongo Comics Group
"Bartman" Bongo Comics Group
"Itchy & Scratchy Comics" Bongo Comics Group
"Radioactive Man" Bongo Comics Group
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