Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story
60 min • Health & Science, Nature & Environment • 2015
A look at the life and legacy of critically acclaimed television writer-producer Sam Simon as he fought two battles – one against cancer and another for animal rights.
Best known for co-creating The Simpsons, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012, and given three to six months to live. He defied that prognosis and lived until March 8, 2015.
As he battled the disease, Simon chose to donate most of his fortune to save animals from harmful and abusive situations worldwide. He said the last two years of his life – in which he worked with PETA to close bear pits, rescue an abused elephant in India, send lone roadside zoo chimpanzees to a sanctuary, and find homes for hundreds of chinchillas, a camel, and even a “gay” bull – were his happiest.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: This film contains graphic images that some viewers may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised.