Simon at the 2008 World Series of Poker
|Born||Samuel Michael Simon
June 6, 1955
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Died||March 8, 2015
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
|Cause of death||Colorectal cancer|
|Occupation||Director, producer, writer, boxing manager, philanthropist|
|Known for||The Simpsons|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Tilly (1984â€“91; divorced)
Jami Ferrell (2000; divorced)
|Partner(s)||Kate Porter (2012â€“15)|
I am a big PETA supporter, and their East Coast headquarters is the Sam Simon building, and their West Coast headquarters is in the Bob Barker building.
The sort of lifetime achievement stuff that I'm getting now is kind of like Tom Sawyer's funeral because they all know I'm sick. I am getting buildings named after me and awards and stuff.
I don't think the spirit of Hollywood is such a spirit of generosity. I think people really begrudge giving. In New York, it's like that.
With 'The Simpsons,' people didn't know what they were gonna see. They didn't have a clue.
One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing that I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results.
I'm supporting the charities that I supported during my lifetime, and I want to continue to do that.
A lot of charities spend a million dollars on a fundraiser to make $15,000. It's a social swirl. They do some great stuff and then – it's called mission drift. It becomes more about the parties.
The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of.
'The Simpsons' money got bigger and bigger. When I left 'The Simpsons', no one thought that this thing was going to still be around. It's the cumulative effect. It's like, 'Oh my God, 25 years later, and it's still coming in.'
I was just an animal lover. Everything that the Sam Simon Foundation does is supposed to help dogs and people – that's our mission.
There are certain times you realize you've got too much money. One was when I started getting bills from the Koi hotel. When I was remodeling the Koi pond, the Koi had to go to the Koi hotel. They ended up staying there for 13 months and I never asked what the bill was.
When people make donations to non profits, they want to know that their money goes to good use.
Through PETA, we rescue animals in roadside zoos and circuses. They are some of the most abused animals in the country.
I want medical experiments on animals stopped. They don't do anything, and they don't work.
Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change.