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Matty Simmons

Matty Simmons (2020), National Lampoon co-founder

by Kirk Fox

Matty Simmons was a co-founder of National Lampoon Magazine and produced the movies Animal House and Vacation.  

  • Died: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 (Who else died on April 29?
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 93, announced by his daughter Kate on Instagram. 
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National Lampoon Legend 

Harvard Lampoon alumni Doug Kenney and Henry Beard partnered with Matty Simmons to launch National Lampoon magazine in 1970. Simmons had experience prior to Lampoon with the Weight Watchers magazine. National Lampoon introduced  many talented comedians who starred on the National Lampoon Radio Hour including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Simmons co-produced the classic 1978 film Animal House with Ivan Reitman and produced the beloved 1983 movie Vacation starring Chevy Chase. He wrote a book on the making of Animal House and was played by Matt Walsh in the 2018 movie about National Lampoon titled A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

What they said about him

Full Obituary: thelaughingbutton.com


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