A nine time Emmy Award winner, wrote and produce Cheers, an American sitcom television series that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. He even created a show for legendary US comedian George Carlin.
However, it was The Simpsons, that made him an household name across the world, which is now the longest running primetime show in the United States.
After four seasons of The Simpsons, Sam Simon negotiated a deal to leave the show while retaining a percentage of it’s future earnings, which would bring him between $10 million to $15 million a year.
After he quit the show, he stated, “When I was there I thought I was underpaid. I thought I wasn’t getting enough credit for it. Now, I think it’s completely the opposite. I get too much credit for it and the money is ridiculous.”
Former The Simpsons director Brad Bird described Sam Simon as the unsung hero of the show.
The Simpsons co-creator Matt Groening, who worked with Sam Simon to develop the show stated that he would miss his phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humour.
He was married to actress Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991 and remained friends with her. He later married Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell, the marriage that lasted only for three weeks. He was then engaged to chef and caterer Jenna Stewart around 2011.
Sam Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in the year 2012 and given only three to six months to live, but then he survived on his will power and did what we was best at, and that was to bring a smile on people face.
He arranged for his fortune to be left to various charitable causes, stating “The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of and I enjoy this.”
Sam Simon, the writer and co-creater of The Simpsons, passed away on Sunday (March 08, 2015) at his home in Los Angeles. He was fifty nine. A nine ...2.5