Richard Appel

American writer and producer (born 1963)

Richard James "Rich" Appel (born May 21, 1963) is an American writer, producer and former lawyer. He is best known for writing and producing Fox animated sitcoms such as Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Simpsons. He also co-created The Cleveland Show with Seth MacFarlane and Mike Henry.

Richard Appel
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Richard James Appel

(1963-05-21) May 21, 1963 (age 59)
Other namesRich Appel
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationWriter, producer, former attorney
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Mona Simpson (1993–2012)


Appel was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon with Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels. He originally worked as a lawyer. He began a career in television writing in 1994. Appel married author Mona Simpson in 1993. They had two children together before divorcing.[1]


  1. "Naming Homer's Mom by Richard Appel". Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

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