'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon: Al Jean Reveals 5 Things You Might Not Know

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The philanthropist and animal advocate — who died Sunday after a long battle with colon cancer — is remembered by the show's longtime showrunner.

This story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

1. He managed a champion prize fighter, Lamon Brewster.

2. He was once attacked by one of the dogs he rescued and was even more generous after.

3. Nothing on The Simpsons made him laugh harder than Mr. Burns (and it was Sam who suggested Smithers love Burns).

4. He got along great with his ex-wives.

5. The last year of his life was his happiest.