Sam Simon is a gazillionaire.
Sure, that's not a real word, but the man co-created The Simpsons and co-produced The Drew Carey Show, so he literally does have hundreds of millions.
Unfortunately, Sam was given a cancer diagnosis with only 3-6 months to live. Fortunately, that was back in 2012.
Since then, the stalwart animal lover has been using his fortune to help those who can't help themselves - animals. In addition to doing things like saving horses, he also has funded several wildlife sanctuaries and various other animal causes.
And to think, he used to be known as such an angry guy by his co-workers.
His ex-wife, actress Jennifer Tilly, has been by his side since his diagnosis. She says the change is remarkable:
"Since he became sick, it's like his vision has expanded. I hate to say this, but little things used to bother him. He was always a very Type A personality. And I think he realizes that a lot of things that maybe would make him crazy, they're just not important. He's discovered what's important in life. Such a difference. A lot of the stuff he does he doesn't even talk about."
Of course, his ex being so close didn't exactly make his current girlfriend Kate Porter happy! But this time animals came to Sam's rescue! He said:
"I named a grizzly bear after her. Then we were fine."
Ha! Getting along with exes, saving animals - it sounds like Sam is someone who's example we should all hope to follow.
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]
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