Mark Kirkland

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Mark Kirkland is an American director. He has directed 65 episodes of The Simpsons, more than any other person.


His father is photographer Douglas Kirkland. Kirkland developed an interest in drawing at an early age. At the age of 17, he began studying on the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts for four years. There, he was mentored by people such as Jules Engel, Kendall O'Connor, Ollie Johnston and Moe Gollub. In 1976, he won the Student Academy Award for animation along with Richard Jefferies for their graphically animated film made to the song "Fame" by David Bowie. After finishing up his degree, he applied to Disney, but he was not accepted and instead began working for Hanna-Barbera. He began working on The Simpsons from season two onwards and has directed 65 episodes, more than any other director. In season 18, he became the show's supervising director.

Kirkland has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Environmental Media Awards for his work on The Simpsons.

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