Wiki Biography of Matt Groening
Matthew Abram Groening is an animator, cartoonist, writer, and comedian who was born in Portland, Oregon on February 15, 1954, of Norwegian-American (mother) and German-American (father) ancestry. He is almost certainly best known as the creator of the long-running animated TV show “The Simpsons,” which premiered in 1989, though Matt began his career more than ten years earlier.
So, as of mid-2016, how wealthy is Matt Groening? Matt Groening’s net worth is estimated to be over $500 million, an incredible sum for a cartoonist, and is based mostly on his phenomenally successful cartoon, “The Simpsons,” which has earned Groening worldwide notoriety and eleven Primetime Emmy Awards.
Matt Groening has a net worth of $500 million dollars.
Matt Groening’s father was a cartoonist and writer, although he didn’t start working in television until he was in his early twenties. From 1972 to 1977, he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after graduating from Ainsworth Elementary School and Lincoln High School. Groening encountered cartoonist Lynda Barry while studying there after learning that they both admired Joseph Heller, Groening’s favorite book, and he has been quoted as claiming that Barry was “perhaps [his] biggest inspiration.” Groening moved from Oregon to Los Angeles in 1977, at the age of 23, to pursue a career in writing, despite having to work several odd jobs to make ends meet for a long time. Groening’s frustrations and experiences there were channeled into his self-published comic “Life in Hell,” which went on to be a hit and drew the attention of one of Hollywood’s top names at the time, director, producer, and screenwriter James L. Brooks. Brooks approached Groening with an opportunity to adapt “Life in Hell” for a series of short animated episodes for “The Tracey Ullman Show,” a variety TV show.
Matt Groening decided to accept Brooks’ offer, and so “The Simpsons” was born. According to the account, Groening was waiting in Brooks’ lobby when he chose not to give up rights to his “Life in Hell” by turning it over to a television production. Instead, Groening drew a few sketches of the Simpsons family, forming the basis for a series about a dysfunctional lower-middle-class family. Brooks was enthralled by the concept, and the sketches were handed over to the animators, resulting in “The Simpsons'” original and continuing rough style, as Groening had assumed the animators would clean up his designs, but they just put them to the screen as-is. Groening’s brief “The Simpsons” skits were so popular that they were turned into a distinct show, bringing him worldwide fame and prosperity. “The Simpsons” has been televised to a multi-million audience for 26 seasons and well over 500 episodes.
Aside from the TV “The Simpsons” series, Groening contributed to the narrative and production of “The Simpsons Movie,” a 2007 animated comedy directed by David Silverman and starring Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner, as well as a cameo appearance by world-famous actor Tom Hanks. Groening’s incredible track record has made him one of the most well-known animators and television writers in the world, and it has undoubtedly contributed to his massive net worth.
Groening’s other show, “Futurama,” premiered in 1999 and was renewed for several seasons beyond its original four-year run, with the final episode airing on September 4, 2013, plus four straight-to-DVD films—”Bender’s Big Score” (2007), “The Beast with a Billion Backs” (2008), “Bender’s Game” (2008), and “Into the Wild Green Yonder” (2009)—it seemed that Groening could do no wrong.
In reality, Groening founded Bongo Comics (named after Bongo from “Life in Hell”) as a side project to the TV show. In 1994, he formed a partnership with Steve Vance, Cindy Vance, and Bill Morrison to publish comic books based on The Simpsons and Futurama (including the Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis, which is a crossover between the two), as well as some original works. In 1995, he founded Zongo Comics to print comics for older readers, and the company went on to publish three issues of Mary Fleener’s Fleener and seven issues of Gary Panter’s Jimbo. Matt Groening was married to Deborah Caplan (1986-1999) and they have two sons together. Matt is now married to Argentinian artist Augustina Picasso (m. 2011), and the couple has two sons as well as Groening’s stepdaughter Camille.
|Net Worth||$500 Million|
|Date Of Birth||February 15, 1954|
|Place Of Birth||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Profession||Cartoonist, Film Producer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Animator, Author, Musician, Comedian|
|Spouse||Agustina Picasso (m. 2011), Deborah Caplan (m. 1986–1999)|
|Children||Homer Groening, Abe Groening, Nathaniel Philip Picasso Groening|
|Parents||Homer Groening, Margaret Groening|
|Siblings||Lisa Groening, Patty Groening, Mark Groening, Maggie Groening|
|Nicknames||Matthew Abram Groening , Groening, Matt , Bat Groening , The Rock Bottom Remainders , Malevolent Matt Groening , Mad Groening , Rat Groening , Matt ”Mildly Frightening” Groening , Matt ‘Merchandising’ Groening , Matt ”Scary Nickname” Groening|