Sam Simon, Creative Force Behind 'The Simpsons,' Passes Away at 59
Sam Simon, one of the creative geniuses behind "The Simpsons," died on Sunday at 59 of colon cancer. Not only known for populating Springfield, Simon insisted actors read their parts together to more closely resemble dialogue and hired many of the show's first writers. Simon, who left the show after its fourth season because of disagreements with the creator, still retained the title of executive producer giving him royalties. With "tens of millions" coming in each year, Simon put the profits toward a foundation that trains dogs for disabled veterans as well as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals groups.
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