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Matt Groening Biography

Birth Name:
Matthew Abram Groening
Birth Place:
Portland, Oregon, United States
Profession
Cartoonist, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a rock critic before his TV career took off
  • When creating the Life in Hell syndicated comic strip, made the main character, Binky, a rabbit because rabbits were easy for him to draw
  • Except for Bart, whose name is an anagram of "brat," the main characters in The Simpsons were all named after members of his family
  • Performed the sound effect of Maggie Simpson sucking on her pacifier in The Simpsons
  • Finally delivered the long-in-the-works The Simpsons Movie, which he co-wrote and produced, in 2007
  • Was the first non-musician curator of the eclectic All Tomorrow's Parties festival in 2003; curated the festival again in 2010
  • Nearly seven years after being canceled by Fox, his Futurama began airing new episodes on Comedy Central in 2010, following a series of successful direct-to-DVD movies that reasserted the sci-fi series' popularity
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012

Awards

  • 2008Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour): winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming More Than One Hour): nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): winner
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): winner
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated

Relationships

  • Mark Groening -- Brother
  • Deborah Lee Caplan -- Ex-wife
  • Homer Groening -- Father
  • Margaret Ruth Groening -- Mother
  • Lisa -- Sister
  • Maggie -- Sister
  • Patty -- Sister
  • Abraham Groening -- Son
  • Homer Groening -- Son
  • Agustina Picasso -- Wife