Matthew Abram Groening
Or "Matt" Groening is an American cartoonist,
screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician,
comedian, and voice actor.
He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell
(criador da história em quadradrinhos) that lasted
between 1977 and 2012 as well as two successful television
series, The Simpsons that began in 1989 and it`s still on
television today and Futurama that was between 1999 to
2003, and 2008 to 2013.
Groening was born on February 15, 1954 in
Portland, Oregon. He attended an Elementary
School and Lincoln High School and The
Evergreen State College in washington,
In 1977, at the age of 23, Groening moved to Los
Angeles to become a writer. So to make money he washed
dishes at a nursing home and ghost written for a retired
Before working in television Groening created Life in
Hell that caught the attention of James L. Brooks that is a
big director and producer. In 1985, Brooks contacted
Groening with the proposition of working in animation for
Fox show The Tracey Ullman Show.
But Groening decided to create something new and
came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named
the members of the family after his own parents and
sisters like his parents Homer and Margaret become
Homer and Marge Simpson, his sisters Lisa, Maggie and
Patty become Lisa, Maggie and Patty Simpson (marge
sister) and his grandfather Abram become Abe simpson
Claiming that it was a bit too obvious to name a
character after himself, he chose the name Bart was an
anagram of the word brat. Groening that his brother
Mark is the actual inspiration for Bart.
This is the first appearance of the cartoon
Movie and the video games
Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen
developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the
Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten
for The Simpsons and two for Futurama as well as a
British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to
comedy" in 2004.
In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist
Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell.
He and the show the simpsons received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame.