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.

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

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