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Terminally Ill Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon to Donate His $100 Million Fortune to Charity

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Back in 2012, Sam Simon — best known as one of the creators of The Simpsons — was told he had terminal colon cancer and only three to six months to live. Since then, he’s been preparing to give away his entire fortune to the causes that matter most to him.

In a recent interview with NBC News, Simon explained that most of these causes directly involve animals. He as worked closely, for example, with PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk.

“I think that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures who feel and think can’t speak for themselves and they’re dependent on us for that,” he told interviewer Maria Shriver. “And so I feel it’s my responsibility to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.”

The 59-year-old has put most of his money into the Sam Simon Foundation, which also works to feed families in need and provide service dogs for veterans.

Though Simon has struggled personally during his terminal diagnosis, he explains to Shriver that this is the happiest he’s ever been.

“Somehow, I ended up surrounded by people that love me and take care of me and will do anything for me,” he said. “It’s a good feeling. That’s called happiness.”

Meet the Voices of The Simpsons

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Dan Castellaneta is the voice of Homer, the bumbling patriarch of the Simpson family. He also voices other adult males such as Grampa Simpson, Groundskeeper Willie and Krusty the Clown.Michael Tran—FilmMagic/Getty Images; Fox
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Julie Kavner voices Marge Simpson as well as her twin sisters Patty and Selma and their estranged mother Jacqueline.Michael N. Todaro—Getty Images; Fox
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Nancy Cartwright voices many of the male children in The Simpsons. She primarily voices Bart, but also gives life to Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders and Ralph Wiggum, amongst others.Amanda Edwards—WireImage/Getty Images; Fox
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Yeardley Smith is the voice of Lisa, the brains of the Simpson clan.Imeh Akpanudosen—Getty Images; Fox
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Hank Azaria plays the town barkeep, Moe Szyslak, as well as a wide cast of male characters ranging from Chief Wiggum and Apu to Duffman (can't breathe! oh no!).Brad Barket—Getty Images; Fox
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The other everyman of the series, Harry Shearer gives voice to Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner and a host of other Springfield residents.Dave J. Hogan—Getty Images; Fox
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Pamela Hayden voices Milhouse, Bart's sidekick, as well as some other male children in Springfield like Jimbo Jones and Rod Flanders.Frazer Harrison—Getty Images; Fox
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The late Marcia Wallace was the voice of elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel.Angela Weiss—Getty Images; Fox
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Russi Taylor voiced some of the kids at Springfield Elementary such as Martin Prince, Terri and Sherri, and German exchange student Üter Zörker.David Livingston—Getty Images; Fox

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