♦ US cartoonist
He was born in Portland, Oregon, and educated at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In the late 1970s he moved to Los Angeles, where he began drawing comic strips as well as working at the Los Angeles Reader, a weekly newspaper. The success of his comic strip Life in Hell from 1980, later anthologized in numerous books and still carried in newspapers worldwide, brought him to popular notice. His cartoon family, The Simpsons, first appeared on television in 1987 and was a huge critical and popular success, subsequently becoming the longest-running animated series in television history. Groening went on to create another cartoon series, Futurama, in 1999 and, despite cancellation of the show in 2003, popular demand led to the commissioning of further episodes in 2009.