Matt Groening Biography (1954-)

Surname is pronounced "gray-ning" (rhymes with "raining"); born February 15, 1954, in Portland, OR; son of Homer (a filmmaker) and Margaret Ruth (ateacher; maiden name, Wiggum) Groening; married Deborah Lee Caplan (Groening's manager and business partner), October 29, 1986; children: Homer, Abraham.Avocational interests: Watching poorly translated foreign films, nurturing ducks. Career: Writer, cartoonist, producer, animator, television show creator, director, and business executive. Worked variously as a cemetery landscaper, dishwasher in a nursing home, clerk in recording and copy shops, and ghost writer/chauffeur to an elderly filmmaker, Los Angeles, CA, 1977-79; Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles, positions included circulation manager, editor, writer, cartoonist, and author of "Sound Mix" music column, 1979-84; formed Life in Hell Cartoon Co. and Acme Features Syndicate, with wife, Deborah Caplan, in the 1980s; "Life in Hell" comic strip cartoonist, Sheridan, OR, 1980--; president, Matt Groening Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, 1988--; created Bongo Comics Group, Los Angeles, 1993, including Simpsons Comics, Itchy & Scratchy, Radioactive Man, and Bart Man, 1993, and Krusty Comics, Lisa Comics, 1995; founder of Zongo Comics, includingJimbo, 1995 and Fleener, 1996. Awards, Honors: Won short story contest, Jack and Jill, 1962; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding writing in a variety or music program, 1987-89, all for The Tracy Ullman Show; Emmy Awards, outstanding animated program, 1989-91, 1995, 1997-98, all for The Simpsons; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding animated program, 1990, 1993, and 1996; Diamond Distribution Gem Award, New Publicationof the Year, for Zongo Comics, 1993; George Foster Peabody Award, 1997, for The Simpsons. Addresses: Office: Matt Groening Productions, Los Angeles, CA.; Contact: Sondra Gatewood, ACME Features Syndicate, 147NE Yamhill, Sheridan, OR 97378.

writer, cartoonist, producer, animator, television show creator, director, business executive
Birth Details
February 15, 1954
Portland, Oregon, United States

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