He went to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a liberal arts college that gave out evaluations instead of letter grades.
His Simpsons characters first gained popularity and exposure on The Tracey Ullman Show.
He was married to Deborah Caplan from 1986 until 1999, then married Argentinean artist Agustina Picasso in 2011. He has three sons, Homer, Abe and Nathaniel.
He created The Simpsons, but its primary producer was James L. Brooks.