Sam Simon, The Simpsons co-creator and animal philanthropist, must be rolling in his grave as lawyers and beneficiaries are caught up in a heated battle over his estate — as well as the ongoing care of his troubled Cane Corso rescue dog, Columbo.
Back in the 70’s, before Cheers and Friends, there was a classic TV sitcom called Taxi, starring Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman, Tony Danza, and Marilu Henner.
Anyway, I came across this old dog-friendly clip on Youtube titled “Alex’s Old Buddy” — which is about Alex (Judd Hirsch) enjoying his last few days with his beloved mutt. The episode is funny, smart, and emotional –– and it was also written by champion dog lover/Simpsons creator, Sam Simon. Produced over 30 years ago, the dog humor and themes discussed are timeless!
If you haven’t heard of Sam Simon, you know his work — as he was one of the original creators of The Simpsons TV show. But what you might not know is that he has spent millions of dollars on animal rights, as well as training service dogs for PTSD veterans through his Sam Simon Foundation. Not to mention, PETA even named their headquarters after him!
Last week, Simon was interviewed on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast where he talked about his love of animals, TV jobs, his highly-acclaimed check-writing ability — and, sadly, his recent diagnosis of terminal cancer. But he still hasn’t lost his sense of humor!
Here’s a 2007 clip from 60 Minutes…