Matt Groening is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977-2012) as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons (1989-present) and Futurama (1999-2003, 2008-present). Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, 10 for The Simpsons and two for Futurama. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2012. Groening was born in Portland, Oregon on this day in 1954.
P.S. Given his Oregon roots, it is widely believed that Groening named the setting of The Simpsons after Springfield, Oregon (which is next to Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks), despite his comments to the contrary.