Monday, 9 March 2015

RIP Sam Simon (1955 - 2015)

Sam Simon

The Sam Simon Foundation announced earlier today via its facebook page that Sam Simon, best known for having developed The Simpsons and recipient of nine Emmy Awards passed away. He was 59.

Sam Simon is one of the unsung heroes of one of the most popular TV show ever (and probably the most important animated TV show of all time), The Simpsons. Though he left in 1993, after only four seasons, he is one of the key people who made The Simpsons what it is. Sam Simon helped define the tone of the series, designed some of the most beloved characters. He was also the one who assembled a team of writers for the show.
Sam Simon's name still appears in the opening credits today.

But it would be simplistic to think of Sam Simon only as the co-creator of The Simpsons. He was a multi-talented artist, was also a showrunner on Taxi, a writer and producer on Cheers and worked on a large number of projects either as a consultant, director or producer.

Some people who have known him and worked with him have expressed their sadness upon the news of his passing via twitter:

Sam Simon leaves behind him an incredible legacy and he will surely be missed.

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