Matt Weitzman (born November 13, 1967) is one of the creators of American Dad! along with Mike Barker and Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane has credited Weitzman and Barker with American Dad!'s success and longevity, stating that they have been in charge of creative direction over the series. Barker and Weitzman were originally writers for Family Guy. Weitzman has also written on twelve television shows including Daddy Dearest, Off Centre and Damon.
Matt Weitzman was born in Los Angeles, California. His father is Lew Weitzman, a long time literary agent for over 40 years. Matt graduated from American University with a communications degree. Shortly after college he pursued acting with some success, then later began writing for television sitcoms. As a child, Weitzman was an avid comic book collector and reader of fantasy and science fiction. This is what he has called "inspiration" for upcoming projects.
He has been on many live-action shows,[clarification needed] but more notable is the vast number of animated shows he has contributed to: Family Guy, (original writer), PJ's, Father of the Pride, and American Dad!, which he co-created and acts as showrunner. Weitzman has sold several feature film scripts and is currently in pre-production on another. He is represented by CAA. He is currently separated. He has two children and lives in Los Angeles.
In 2000, He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Family Guy. In 2006, American Dad! was nominated for a GLAAD excellence in television award. In 2009, American Dad! was nominated for an Emmy.