Matt Groening

American cartoonist (born 1954)

Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell, as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Matt Groening
A man in glasses and a plaid shirt sits in front of a microphone.
Groening at Comic-Con, July 24, 2010
Matthew Abram Groening

(1954-02-15) February 15, 1954 (age 70)
EducationLincoln High School
Alma materThe Evergreen State College
Occupation(s)Cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, voice actor
Years active1977–present
Known forThe Simpsons
Life in Hell
Bongo Comics
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Deborah Caplan (1986–99, divorced)
Agustina Picasso (2011–present)
ChildrenHomer ("Will") Groening
Abe Groening
Nathaniel Philip Picasso Groening
Camille (stepdaughter)

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 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2012.

Early life


He was born on February 15, 1954 in Portland, Oregon, the middle of five children. His mother Margaret Ruth was once a teacher. His father Homer Philip Groening was a filmmaker, advertiser, writer and cartoonist. Groening has Norwegian and German ancestry.

Groening grew up in Portland, and attended Ainsworth Elementary School, Lincoln High School and also The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Personal life


Groening identifies himself as agnostic[2][3] and liberal.[4] He has often made campaign contributions to Democratic Party candidates.[5] His first cousin, Laurie Monnes Anderson, is a member of the Oregon State Senate representing eastern Multnomah County.[6]

He has been married twice. Groening and Deborah Caplan married in 1986.[7] They had 2 sons - Homer (who is called Will) and Abe.[8] Couple split up in 1999.[9] In 2011, Groening married Argentinian artist Agustina Picasso and became stepfather to her daughter Camille.[10] In May 2013, Picasso gave birth to Nathaniel Philip Picasso Groening who was named after American writer Nathanael West.


  1. "Matt Groening Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  2. "QUESTIONS FOR: Matt Groening". New York Times. December 27, 1998. Retrieved January 24, 2014. I'm an agnostic
  3. Allen, Norm. "Yes, There Is A Hell". Free Inquiry. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  4. "'The Simpsons: The Movie' Taking Shape". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2005-02-04. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  5. "Matt Groening's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  6. Mortenson, Eric (November 19, 2004). "Lawmaker feels void after mother's death". The Oregonian.
  7. Von Busack 2000
  8. Duncan, Andrew (September 18–24, 1999). "Matt Groening". Radio Times. Archived from the original on February 9, 2001. Retrieved September 19, 2007.
  9. Chocano 2001.
  10. ""Simpsons" Creator Scoops Up Santa Monica Crib". Open House. NBC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.

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