‘The Simpsons’ Set Sam Simon Free

Sam Simon Simpsons Writer

Comedy titan gets WGA humanitarian, animation kudos

Sam Simon just returned from a rescue mission. “The Simpsons” co-developer released at least 18 bears (two were pregnant) into Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary.

He’s been buying zoos and circuses to free animals since December 2012, the month after he was diagnosed with colon cancer and given three to six months to live. “I don’t consider that philanthropy,” he says, “I think it’s a crazy hobby toward the end of my life.”

But the Writers Guild of America West does. Simon will receive WGA’s Valentine Davies Award for his humanitarian work at the guild’s awards ceremony on Saturday and in November received its Animation Writers Caucus award for lifetime achievement in animation writing.

Simon made his mark in animation as one of the original showrunners on “The Simpsons.” His “Simpsons” credits include character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, executive producer and writer. He left the show in 1993 while retaining an exec producer title.

The animated sitcom, he says, gave him more freedom than live action.

“You can draw animals and sets but the animated characters also have freedom. The Simpsons sometimes do things that real people wouldn’t do.”

He’s outlived his prognosis and is still working, consulting on FX’s “Anger Management” and hosting a talkshow on radioio.com — when he’s not rescuing bears in Colorado.

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  1. marina says:

    En el Poderoso nombre de Jesus, nombre sobre todo nombre Sam Simon serà sanado. Porque mayor es Él que está en nosotros que el que está en el mundo.

  2. Carolyn L. Young says:

    As I write yet another message in regards to Sam Simon, my eyes are so full of tears I can hardly see. Through God all things are possible. Man talks about and gives timetables but no one knows like God does.
    My warmest prayers are with you.
    Many, many hugs to you as well.
    Written with ALL sincerity.

  3. Carolyn L. Young says:

    Please pass this message from me a nobody to Sam Simon. Each and every time I look at his picture my heart is very sad for him. My mother and only sibling my sister passed away from cancer. But I was wondering if Sam has done a cleanse a full cleanse and try bananas and coconut water and nothing more for about 3 weeks. I really wish I could help him, I’m sad.

  4. JS says:

    To read about the beautiful acts of Sam Simon and Tom Sherak in the same day just fills the heart….

  5. Glenn C. says:

    This is great. Someone doing something for animals. Thinking of them too. Not just thinking they are only for food. I wonder though if those zoos and circuses will just go out and get more animals anyway after he pays them for the previous ones. Humans! Greed! Why animals are better than humans! Then they have to try and live with us!

  6. Ping says:

    Now that’s a hero!

  7. chris laughlin says:

    Amazing. Inspirational. Thank you.

  8. NoPCforMe says:

    Finally a hollywood mogul who gives of his TIME and his $$$ to a noble cause. Zoos (with rare exception) are just no place for Wildlife.

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