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Alexander "Alex" Robert Hirsch (born June 18, 1985) is the creator and executive producer of the American animated television series Gravity Falls.

He voiced two of the main characters, Grunkle Stan and Soos. He also voiced supporting and recurring characters such as: Old Man McGucket, Bill Cipher, the gnomes, and many others. He has four siblings: his twin sister, Ariel Hirsch, and his half-sisters, Lauren Hirsch.[1], Katrina Hirsch[2], and Jessica Hirsch.

He placed many of his real-life experiences in the show, such as living in Piedmont, California and trick-or-treating with his sister Ariel as cats. He also based the series off the summers he spent camping with his great aunt.Template:Citation needed Both he and his sister wished they would go on the adventures that Mabel and Dipper go on in the show. He based Mabel on his twin sister, Ariel Hirsch, Grunkle Stan off of his Grandpa Stan, and based the entire series loosely on his childhood summers. He gave Mabel a pet pig named Waddles because his sister had always wanted one when she was a child.

Writing credits

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Outline credits

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Roles in Gravity Falls

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Other work

Alex Hirsch was the creative consultant for Fish Hooks, which he developed for television alongside Maxwell Atoms, where he portrayed Clamantha, her father, Fumble, one of the fish police and a Ferret. He was also a writer and a storyboard artist for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He also provided the voice of Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop in the "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" episode of Phineas and Ferb, which is also on Disney Channel.[9][10] He also provided additional voices to the video game Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes in late 2014. He also voiced Toby Mathews in the Rick and Morty episode, "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez." On January 6, 2015, Hirsch announced that he was developing a new animated series with FOX. [11]

Early life

Alex Hirsch was born and raised in Piedmont, California, and he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles County, California, in 2007. He also enjoyed going to Oregon, and went there often. He was very fond of The Simpsons as a child, and cited this as one of his main influences. After watching the episode Bart's Comet he attended child therapy. Shortly after graduating, he worked at the digital entertainment studio JibJab and was a writer/storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He also served as a creative consultant and helped develop the hit Disney Channel animated series, Fish Hooks, and voices the character Clamantha in the series. Hirsch chose Oregon as the setting for Gravity Falls after spending a summer there during college working for the animation studio Laika.[12]

Trivia

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  • In Spring 2007, he created a short film called Off the Wall, which was one of his student films at CalArts. Mike Moon, an animation executive at Disney eventually saw it. Impressed, he asked Alex to pitch the network a television series, which eventually lead to Gravity Falls.
  • He based Dipper off of himself.
    • Mabel is based off of his twin sister Ariel Hirsch.
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  • Alex's college roommate was the show's art director, Ian Worrel.[14]
  • Alex guest voiced Officer Concord for a special Phineas and Ferb Halloween episode.[15]
  • Alex has joked about the rumors that he is hiding occult symbols in the show on multiple occasions, because they are hidden in plain sight.
  • Alex has a habit of tweeting misleading "Facts" to trick some fans for fun
  • Alex prefers Nintendo over Sega, and his favorite Nintendo game is Kirby's Pinball Land.[16][17]
  • Alex named one of the Manotaurs after his full size adult taxidermy buffalo "Beardy"Template:Citation needed which he keeps in his office at Disney and insists people sit on when they take tours.[18]
  • The number 618 that appears throughout Gravity Falls is a reference to his birthday, June 18th (otherwise 6/18).
  • He created the "McGucket Hoax" by leaking a fake photo of Old Man McGucket writing the Journals, which fooled a lot of people into thinking that Old Man McGucket was the Author of the Journals.
  • Hirsch is skilled at bird calling and even went on the Late Show with David Letterman at the age of fifteen to share his talent.[19]
  • Hirsch has a set of rules regarding Dipper and Mabel's relationship which were created at the start of the series due to the writers frequently and incorrectly assuming that the two didn't get along. So far only two rules were revealed which were,
    • The first rule is that "the kids like each other. no matter how much they get on each others nerves, this never changes"
  • His Grandfather's ashes were illegally spread in a Vegas casino women's room so he could "see the ladies undress forever"[20]

Articles and interviews

Publication Date Title/Link
Animation MagazineJun 2, 2012Tales from the Weird Side
MTV GeekJun 15, 2012Interview: Alex Hirsch Returns To His Weird, Monster-Filled Childhood In Disney's 'Gravity Falls'
ColliderJuly 7, 2012Creator Alex Hirsch Talks GRAVITY FALLS, How He Ended Up Making a Show for the Disney Channel, His Love for TV Animation and More
GamerLive.TVAug 4, 2012Alex Hirsch and Jason Ritter Talk Disney Channel Gravity Falls
New York TimesAug 17, 2012An Undercurrent of Darkness, Even at Disney
TV GuideAug 22, 2012Watch My Show: Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch Answers Our Showrunner Survey
Comics AllianceAug 24, 2012Alex Hirsch on 'Gravity Falls,' Mabel's Sweater Collection and TV's Fear of Sincerity
A.V. ClubSep 28, 2012Comedy Showrunners Week: Alex Hirsch on the real in the unreal of Gravity Falls
Media Mike'sApr 12, 2013Alex Hirsch talks about recent trip to get inspiration for Disney’s “Gravity Falls”
Time Warner Cable - On SetMay 10, 2013On Set Episode 16: Phineas & Ferb and Gravity Falls
Animation MagazineJun 10, 2013A Day in the Life of Alex Hirsch
HappyCoolAug 10, 2013Alex Hirsch Interview - Gravity Falls Season 2
Young HollywoodAug 19, 2013"Gravity Falls" Cast's Secret Message from D23
A.V. ClubJuly 31, 2014Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch previews the show’s new season by recapping its first
VoxAug 1, 2014Disney's Gravity Falls is one of the best kids shows on TV. Here's how it got that way.
TimeAug 1, 2014Disney’s Gravity Falls Creator on How to Create a Show for All Ages
Animation MagazineAug 19, 2014‘Falls’ Inevitable Return
D23Mar 6, 2015Gravity Falls Creator/Executive Producer Alex Hirsch—and Grunkle Stan—Answer D23’s Questions…and Yours!
Huffington PostMar 9, 2015Is Gravity Falls' Grunkle Stan 'Not What He Seems'? Disney XD Episode Answers Big Questions Tonight
A.V. ClubMar 11, 2015Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch on his show’s big cliffhanger

External links

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