David Simon Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 06, 2022
Take a peek through the victorious career of the writer and journalist David Simons.
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About David Simon

David Simon is one of the most prominent names in the industry when it comes to authors, journalists, and television writers.
David Judah Simon was raised in Washington, D.C, U.S., and was born on February 9, 1960. Simon is known for his work as the showrunner, head writer, executive producer, and creator for five seasons of the HBO series 'The Wire,' which ran from 2002 to 2008.
Earlier, throughout the '80s and the early '90s, David Simon operated at The Baltimore Sun as a police reporter. Due to the frustrating work culture, Simon decided to leave journalism. David Simon wrote his first book while he was in the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit, 'Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets.'

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is David Simon’s net worth?

The net worth of David Simon is $15 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is David Simon?

David Simon is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).

How old is David Simon?

David Simon is 62 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

David Judah Simon was born on February 9, 1960, in Washington, D.C., USA David's early life was quite delightful, being raised in a pleasant environment. His parents are Dorothy Simon and Bernard Simon. His father, Bernard, was the director of B'nai B'rith and a former journalist. David's maternal grandfather was originally from Russia. David Simon had a bar mitzvah since he is Jewish. His siblings, brother Gary Simon and sister Linda Evans, who passed away in the early '90s, were quite close to him.
David Simon completed his high school graduation in Bethesda, Maryland, from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He also used to write for his school's daily news, The Tattler. He later obtained his degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also became the editor of his college newspaper, The Diamondback.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is David Simon dating?

David Simon is currently single. Previously, he married Kayle Tucker, a graphic artist, in 1991. The couple shared a son, Ethan Simon. Later, they got divorced in 1998. David Simon started dating Laura Lippman, the former Sun reporter and best-selling Baltimore novelist. The couple tied the knot in 2008 when John Waters took up the officiating of the marriage.
David and Laura Lippman had a daughter together, Georgia Ray Simon. Simon also has a famous nephew, Jason Simon, a vocalist in the rock band called the 'Dead Meadow.' David Simon mentioned the rock band in one of the episodes of 'The Wire.'

Career And Professional Highlights


Soon as David Simon completed graduation, he started working at The Baltimore Sun as one of the police reporters. His piece is about Lefty Driesell, a basketball player inducted into the 2018 ACC Hall of Fame despite threatening a victim of assault to destroy her reputation. David Simon claimed that he only loved journalism until he acquired expertise in the field itself.

David Simon's First Book

The story behind David's tense statements could be traced back to when the writing staff went on strike in 1987 at The Baltimore Sun. Even after the strike was over, he could not stand the idea of being in the writing room. At last, Simon left the firm in 1988 and went to the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit. On the Christmas Eve of 1985, former Det.
Bill Lansey told Simon that he could write an entire book if only one year of murders and hunting were jotted down encircling the Unit. In 1991, Simon ended up writing non-fiction based on the murders and hunting of the murderers by the Baltimore Homicide Unit in 1988, 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.'

Television Work

After the publishers of his first book urged for a screen adaptation, David worked as a writer and producer in the series. The drama series ran from 1993 to 1999. David quit his job in 1995 to focus on the production of the series. Soon after that, the series won the Writers Guild of America Award in 1995. Robin McLaurin Williams also earned an Emmy nomination for the same episode in the second season of the series.
'The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood' was another masterpiece Simon co-authored with Ed Burns in 1997. After the finale of 'Homicide,' Simon again co-wrote and became the television writer and producer of a six-hour HBO mini-series, ‘The Corner.’
A well-known piece of Simon's work is the HBO series 'The Wire.' Simon became the showrunner, executive producer, creator, and head writer of 'The Wire.' This was his second time working with Ed Burns. He won another Writers Guild of America Award in 2008 for ‘The Wire.’
Since then, David Simon has collaborated, co-wrote, and produced various shows like 'Generation Kill' ( aired on HBO in 2008), 'Treme' from 2010 to 2013, and 'Show Me A Hero' (premiered in 2015). Simon also co-authored and produced some other underrated series, including mini-series and dramas like 'The Deuce,' which premiered on September 10, 2017, and 'The Plot Against America,' which only aired for a month, from March 2020 to April 2020.

What awards has David Simon won?

David has won several awards throughout his career. In 1992, he was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and Anthony Award for Best True Crime for his first non-fiction 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.' Later, David was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Series for the TV show 'Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets' (Bop Gun - Season 2, Episode 1) and 'The Wire,' in 1995 and 2008, respectively.
In 2000, Simon won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries. He again won the Edgar Awards for Best TV Feature or MiniSeries in 2007. Since then, David Simon has also received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and the Ian McLellan Hunter Award in 2014 for his brilliant works in the television industry.

David Simon’s Hobbies And Interests

David Simon is quite active on Twitter and frequently posts on social media. You can easily find him commenting on others and his own threads. Additionally, he is a genuine bookworm who loves to explore any genre of novels and books he comes across.
He is an avid reader and spends most of his time cooped up in his study, reading a new set of novels and non-fiction and uncovering new crimes. He can also be seen spending time with his two children from his previous marriages.
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David Simon Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

David Judah Simon

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Washington, D.C.



175 cm

Child Star?



Author, journalist


Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, University of Maryland, College Park

Net Worth



Dorothy Simon, Bernard Simon


Gary Simon, Linda Evans
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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