Matt Groening

Groening in 2010 Matthew Abram Groening ( ; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, and animator. He is the creator of the comic strip ''Life in Hell'' (1977–2012) and the television series ''The Simpsons'' (1989–present), ''Futurama'' (1999–2003, 2008–2013), and ''Disenchantment'' (2018–present). ''The Simpsons'' is the longest-running U.S. primetime-television series in history and the longest-running U.S. animated series and sitcom.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of ''Life in Hell'' to the avant-garde ''Wet'' magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was 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 Simpson family, 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 episodes. In 1997, Groening and former ''Simpsons'' writer David X. Cohen developed ''Futurama'', an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox, then picked up by Comedy Central for additional seasons. In 2016, Groening developed a new series for Netflix titled ''Disenchantment'', which premiered in August 2018.

Groening has won thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eleven for ''The Simpsons'' and two 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''. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2012. Provided by Wikipedia
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