Al Jean Wiki, Biography
Al Jean (born January 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter and producer. Jean is well known for his work on The Simpsons. He was raised near Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Harvard University in 1981. Jean began his writing career in the 1980s with fellow Harvard alum Mike Reiss. Together, they worked as writers and producers on television shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, ALF and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.
Jean was offered a job as a writer on the animated sitcom The Simpsons in 1989, alongside Reiss, and together they became the first members of the original writing staff of the show. They served as showrunners during the show’s third (1991–92) and fourth (1992–93) seasons, though they left The Simpsons after season four to create The Critic, an animated show about film critic Jay Sherman. It was first broadcast on ABC in January 1994 (then aired its second season on Fox in March 1995) and was well received by critics, but did not catch on with viewers and only lasted for two seasons.
Alfred Ernest Jean III was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 9, 1961. He was raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, graduated from Harrison High School, and is of Irish ancestry. After working at his father’s hardware store, Jean arrived at Harvard University when he was sixteen years old and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Daryl Libow, one of Jean’s freshman roommates, said he was a “math whiz” when he arrived at Harvard but “soon blossomed and found his comedic feet.” In Holworthy Hall at Harvard, Jean met fellow freshman Mike Reiss; they befriended one another and collaborated in their writing efforts for the humor publication Harvard Lampoon. Jeff Martin, another writer for the Lampoon, said “they definitely loomed large around the magazine. They were very funny guys and unusually polished comedy writers for that age. We were never surprised that they went on to success.” Jean has also stated that the duo spent most of their time at the Lampoon, adding that “it was practically my second dorm room.” He eventually became vice president of the publication.
|Full Name||Al Jean|
|Net Worth||$200 Million|
|Date Of Birth||January 9, 1961|
|Place Of Birth||Farmington Springs, Michigan, United States|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Writers Guild of America Award – Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award|
|Nominations||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Writers Guild of America Award – Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award|
|Movies||The Longest Daycare, Presidential Reunion, The Simpsons Movie, Teen Angel, The Critic, Airplane II: The Sequel|
|TV Shows||Teen Angel, The Critic|
Jean has received nine Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards for his work on The Simpsons. In 1997, he and Reiss won an Annie Award in the “Best Producing in a TV Production” category for the Simpsons episode “The Springfield Files”. In 1991 they shared the Writing A Comedy Series CableAce Award for the It’s Garry Shandling’s Show Episode “My Mother The Wife”. In 2006, the duo was given the Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award which is given by the Writers Guild of America to writers that “advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer.”
As of 2005, Jean lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, television writer Stephanie Gillis. Jean also has two daughters.
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