I haven’t been a regular Simpsons watcher in a long time, but back in the day I loved the hell out of it and watched religiously. So thanks for all the laughs, Sam Simon.
After stints writing for “Taxi,” ”Cheers” and ”The Tracey Ullman Show,” Simon helped launch ”The Simpsons” in 1989.
He left the series after its fourth season under a deal that rewarded him with ongoing royalties from the show, which remains in production. He established the Sam Simon Foundation, which rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to assist the disabled. He also funded a Los Angeles food bank.
I didn’t know he wrote for Cheers, speaking of shows I loved the hell out of.
He died of colon cancer last month at just 59.