David Simon was born in 1960 in Washington D.C. Concentrating on his writing skills, he has been writing professionally since his high school days. He also wrote for the student newspaper when he was studying at the University of Maryland. This gave him the inspiration to develop his career as a reporter.
In 1983, he got his first paid writing job for The Baltimore Sun. During the period of 12 years that he spent with this newspaper, David Simon was responsible to report the activities of the crime belt of Baltimore. He also began writing the non-fiction book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets during this time which eventually went on to receive the Edgar Award.
He teamed up with director Barry Levinson to turn the book into a TV show. The book was put down for scripting and the o
utcome was the show named Homicide: Life on the Street, in 1993 and was aired on NBC for 7 seasons. Featuring a number of well-known artists, the series won 4 Emmy Awards from 17 nominations in total.
He wrote his next book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, with Ed Burns. Instead of making it to another series, David Simon decided to air it on HBO as a miniseries. The decision proved fruitful with the six-hour show receiving 3 Emmy Awards.
After this success, the duo collaborated in creating a new series named The Wire which was aired on HBO in 2002. Though the ratings were not particularly high, the show received appraisal from Slate magazine. The Wire was aired till March 2008.
After this show ended, he helped in creating a miniseries for HBO on the Iraq war, named as Generation Kill. David Simon is working on HBO projects and his writing career is gathering more experiences as the years pass by.
Why is he famous?
David Simon is famous as a writer, reporter and producer who has created well known series like Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire. He is credited with creating a couple of miniseries for HBO.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"One of the sad things about contemporary journalism is that it actually matters very little. The world now is almost inured to the power of journalism. The best journalism would manage to outrage people. And people are less and less inclined to outrage."
- David Simon
Life in Brief:
- his ethnicity: White.
He attended the University of Maryland College Park (in 1983).
David dated Kayle Simon (wife).
Famous Why : The Corner.
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