Appel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Born||Richard James Appel
May 21, 1963
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Rich Appel|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Writer, producer, former attorney|
|Spouse(s)||Mona Simpson (1993–unknown)|
Richard James "Rich" Appel (born May 21, 1963) is an American writer, producer and former lawyer. He is best known for writing and producing Fox animated sitcoms such as Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Simpsons. He also co-created The Cleveland Show with Seth MacFarlane and Mike Henry.
Appel was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon with Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels. He originally worked as a lawyer. He began a career in television writing in 1994. Appel married author Mona Simpson in 1993. They had two children together before divorcing.
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