Simpsons creator Matt Groening honoured with Hollywood star

The makers of the Simpsons are enjoying a double celebration this week. Not only is the cartoon airing its 500th episode this week but the show’s creator Matt Groening has also been honoured with a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame.

Matt was joined by the stars of the show Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith who voice the characters on the show. The first full-length episode of the hit show premiered on December 17, 1989 although the characters appeared first as shorts in the Tracey Ullman show in 1987.

Matt Groening honoured with Hollywood star
The Simpsons, the characters of which are named after Groening’s own family, holds the record for the longest-running comedy show being on the air for 23 years. While Groening has only just received his star, the show itself was honoured with the accolade in 2005.

Yesterday it was announced that 57-year-old cartoonist has donated $500,000 to UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. The artist and creator will be the namesake of the Matt Groening Chair in Animation at the School.

According to The New York Times: ‘The endowment will “allow visiting master artists to teach classes” and “bring working professionals with wide-ranging expertise”’

Groening already donates $50,000 to the school every year.

On Monday night Matt joined the voice artists of the characters and staff from the show at a celebratory event at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
@ By Sarah Fitzmaurice

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