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Sam Simon

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This article is about the crew member. For the character, see Sam Simon (character).
Sam Simon
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Crew Information
Male ♂
Job: Creative supervisor
Executive producer
Birth date: June 6, 1955
Death date: March 8, 2015 (aged 59)
Number of episodes: 762
Seasons active: Credited: Season 1 - present
Actual: Seasons 1 - 4
First episode: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Most recent episode: "Lisa Gets an F1"
Movie: The Simpsons Movie
Song: "Look at All Those Idiots"
First album: The Simpsons Sing the Blues
Latest album: The Simpsons: Testify

Samuel Michael "Sam" Simon (June 6, 1955 – March 8, 2015) was an American boxing manager, director, philanthropist, producer, and writer. He was one of the original developers of The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Despite having been a developer, he served as a creative supervisor, executive producer, and writer. He left the show after season 4 over creative difficulties with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. He received a sizeable pay off which earned him tens of millions of dollars a year; he remains credited as an executive producer despite not having worked on the show since, even after his passing.

He was married to one-time guest star on the show, actress and poker expert and player, Jennifer Tilly from 1984 until 1991. He was also interviewed in The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!

In late 2012, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer and told he only had three to six months to live. However, he lived almost two and a half years, dying in March 2015, aged 59. After his death, the season 26 episode "Waiting for Duffman" was dedicated to him.


Award Year Episode Result
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program 1990[1] "Life on the Fast Lane" Won
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" Nominated
1991[2] "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" Won
1992[3] "Radio Bart" Nominated
1995[4] "Lisa's Wedding" Won
1996[5] "Treehouse of Horror VI" Nominated
1997[6] "Homer's Phobia" Won
1998[7] "Trash of the Titans"
1999[8] "Viva Ned Flanders" Nominated
2000[9] "Behind the Laughter" Won
2001[10] "HOMЯ"
2002[11] "She of Little Faith" Nominated


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