Dying 'Simpsons' co-creator to donate huge fortune

Doctors say Sam Simon only has a few months to live. He's making the most of them by giving away tens of millions of dollars.

By Kim Peterson Jul 26, 2013 5:21PM
Sam Simon attends the Mercy For Animals Los Angeles Event 'Free To Be: A Night For Animals' on June 8, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (© Joe Kohen/FilmMagic)Sam Simon (pictured) doesn't have much time left. He has terminal colon cancer, and doctors have given him three to six months to live.

What would you do with that time? Simon, 58, has decided to give away his huge fortune to charity.

Simon has spent his career in Hollywood, starting off as a showrunner for "Taxi" at age 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But he didn't really hit it big until he co-created "The Simpsons" with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.

Although he left the animated series in 1993, he still gets tens of millions of dollars each year in royalties from the show. He doesn't have any children, though he has been married twice -- including once to actress Jennifer Tilly.

Simon has already donated so much money that he can't keep track of it all, telling The Reporter "I don't know" when asked to estimate his generosity so far. His own foundation was worth $23 million in 2011, and exists to feed the hungry and rescue stray dogs. He has also given money to PETA, Save the Children and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

He told The Reporter that he isn't too active personally with his foundation, but he has hired the right people to run things.

"The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending," he told The Reporter. "Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this."

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Jul 26, 2013 5:30PM
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What a great legacy Sam Simon will leave with his generosity.  I feel sorry for our loss when he goes.
Jul 26, 2013 9:20PM
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Sorry to hear Sam, may God bless you for who you are - a funny, kind-hearted person who has touched this world in many ways~I'll be thinking of you and I will share your story with my son who is now 6. I like Taxi and remember you in it, I like the Simpsons and I'm sure my son will too! TY for everything that you have done and continue to do! Earth will miss you!
Jul 26, 2013 6:11PM
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So sad to hear.He brought wonderful social satire and belly laughs to millions.

Although my sight is almost gone,i still "watch" the Simpsons.Thank you,Sam.

Jul 26, 2013 7:52PM
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It's always a shame to lose some that has given so much of himself...his charities and donations will

prove that he will always be here in spirit.  Mr. Simon, I have never met you but I will put you in my

prayers for all that you have done for others.  Bless you.

 

Jul 27, 2013 12:32PM
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The Ann Elizabeth Sheppard Home in Columbus, GA is a good choice. I lived there when my mother was killed in a auto accident in 1966. It's now a home for abused girls. It was very good to my family of 5 for many years.

James Leland Campbell
Jul 26, 2013 9:34PM
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THE SIMPSONS is a cartoon program of clever satire, the concluding scene is

often non-cynical.

 

Likewise Simon's finale is goodness.

 

 

Jul 29, 2013 12:05PM
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I KINDA KNOW THE FEELING SINCE I HAD COLON CANCER FOUND BY A COLOCOSCOPY,

PLEASE IF YOU ARE OVER 40 YEARS OLD . GET ONE YEARLY, IT CAN AND WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE., ITS A BITCH BUT WORTH IT TO BE ALIVE, BET ON IT...LOU. 248-982-1987...CALL ME !

 

Jul 28, 2013 9:34AM
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Look up Rick Simpson oil, it works, try it sir. Have someone make it for you.
Jul 28, 2013 7:38AM
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For years he gifted all of us with brilliant humour that could lift spirits during dark hours. Something that money just can't buy. Thank you Sam Simon for all the smiles and laugher
Dec 16, 2013 9:16PM
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I only have 2 children from my first marriage. My first wife, Denise, bad mouthed me for 25 years util one day: The kids started believing that I'm a 'worthless turd" and an "a-hole"  !!
 My son got married & did NOT even invite me.!! =  Ridiculous.
My beloved 3rd wife and I have accumulated a tremendous amount of wealth in the form of paid off residential properties, 27 classic muscle cars, etc.
I'm seriously thinking about giving my 1/2 to the Tim Tebow Foundation.  Here's a guy who's building a hospital in the Philippines.  He's not buying 'bling' nor Lamborghinis.
Well, just have to see what the future holds since my wife's son makes very poor in fact idiotic financial decisions and my daughter's husband can't seem to find a job in 4 frickin' years.
No, I'm NOT inclined to give those particular individuals anything.
Out of all the people I know, Dennis W Fletcher (best friend / brother) and my 'handy man' Jim Loman are at the top of the list for receiving wealth. Hell, my McIntosh components and speakers are worth are worth $4K all by themselves.
Nobody likes me.  That's OK. I get it. I'm different. I have seizures. I have irreversible brain damage. I talk weird. I walk funny. That's fine--judge me by appearances not the invisible soul. Wrongo bongo. I can't wait for Jesus' return to straighten all this stuff out. '


Jul 28, 2013 8:09PM
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Wow...Jesus loves you Sam Simon. By their fruits you shall know them.
Jul 28, 2013 5:16PM
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Occasionally a person like this, walks  through our life but once.
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