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Alex Hirsch
Alex Hirsch and Grunkle Stan puppet at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013.jpg
Alexander Robert Hirsch

(1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Angeles
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
  • Animator
  • writer
  • Voice actor
Years active2008–present
Known forGravity Falls

Alexander Robert Hirsch[1] (born June 18, 1985) is an American writer, animator, and voice actor, best known as the creator of the Disney XD series Gravity Falls, for which he provided the voices of Grunkle Stan, Soos, and Bill Cipher, among others. He also earned BAFTA and Annie Awards for the series. In 2016, Hirsch co-authored Gravity Falls: Journal 3 which appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list for nearly a year.

Early life and education

Hirsch was born in Piedmont, California in 1985. He graduated from Piedmont High School where, as a junior, he won the school's annual Bird Calling Contest in 2002[2][3] and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.[4]

He went on to attend the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)[5] where he created a variety of projects and short films including his senior film, "Off The Wall," which combined animation and live action. He also spent the summer of 2006 working in Portland, Oregon on a later-scrapped animated film for Laika.[6] He graduated from the college in 2007.[7]


Hirsch's first job after graduating from CalArts was as a writer and storyboard artist for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network where he worked alongside fellow CalArts alumni, J. G. Quintel, Pendleton Ward (who was his writing partner on the show), and Patrick McHale.[8][9] He would go on to develop the pilot for the Disney Channel series, Fish Hooks along with Maxwell Atoms and future Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland.[6][7][10]

In 2012, Hirsch created the series Gravity Falls for the Disney Channel. The show, set in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, premiered in June 2012[11] with a voice cast including Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal, and Hirsch himself.[6] Over the course of the series, he provided the voices of Grunkle Stan, Soos,[7] Old Man McGucket, Bill Cipher, and many other minor characters.[12] The show was moved to Disney XD in 2014.[5] It would go on to win a BAFTA Children's Award[13] and an Annie Award in 2015[14] and was nominated for several other awards (including a Peabody Award in 2016).[15][16] Hirsch ended Gravity Falls in February 2016 to pursue other projects.[17]

In July 2016, Hirsch threw a global treasure hunt[18] (known as "Cipher Hunt") for Gravity Falls fans with clues hidden throughout the world including in the United States, Japan, and Russia. The goal of the hunt was to find a statue of the Gravity Falls character, Bill Cipher. After two weeks, fans of the show discovered the statue in Reedsport, Oregon. The hunt coincided with the release of Hirsch's tie-in book, Gravity Falls: Journal 3,[19][20] which eventually appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list for nearly a year.[21] A Gravity Falls graphic novel written by Hirsch was officially announced in July 2017.[22]

Outside of Gravity Falls, Hirsch has done voice work for a number of projects including Phineas and Ferb,[23] Rick and Morty, and as the announcer for the Chelsea Peretti special, One of the Greats.[24][25] In August 2016, it was announced that Hirsch was co-writing the new live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, alongside Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel writer Nicole Perlman.[26][27] In February 2017, Hirsch was added as a story contributor to Sony's animated Spider-Man film,[28] Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[29]

In February 2018, Hirsch used his Twitter account to announce the new Gravity Falls graphic novel, through a series of puzzle pieces that he would release throughout the day.[30] Put together the puzzle pieces revealed the cover of the graphic novel Gravity Falls: Lost Legends; 4 All-New Adventures which was written by Hirsch and is expected to be released on July 24, 2018.[31]

On August 27, 2018, Hirsch signed a deal with American streaming company Netflix for a multi-year deal, according to Variety.[32]

Personal life

Gravity Falls was inspired by Hirsch's own childhood experiences with his twin sister during their summer vacations. He places many of his real-life experiences in the show, like living in Piedmont and trick-or-treating with his sister as kids.[33] Mabel Pines, one of the lead characters of Gravity Falls, was inspired by his twin sister, Ariel Hirsch.[34] In the series Mabel gets a pet pig, just like his sister had always wanted when she was a kid.[35] In 2017, Hirsch, along with Justin Roiland and Ethan Klein, helped raise over $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief via a Twitch charity live stream.[36][37]



Year Title Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Role Notes
2006 Off the Wall[38] Yes Yes Yes Yes Wallby Short film
Imaginary Friend[39] Yes Yes Yes Yes Wally
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse[29] No No Yes No Original draft
Story writer
2019 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu[40] No No Yes No Original draft


Year Title Producer Screenwriter Storyboard
Actor Role Notes
2008–2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack No Yes Yes No
2010–2014 Fish Hooks No Yes Yes Yes Clamantha
Additional voices
Also creative consultant and co-developer
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Yes Yes Yes Yes Grunkle Stan
Soos Ramirez
Old Man McGucket
Bill Cipher
Additional voices
Creator, writer and executive producer
2013 Phineas and Ferb No No No Yes Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop Episode: "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror"
2015 Rick and Morty No No No Yes Toby Matthews Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez"
2016 Wander Over Yonder No No No Yes Old Man
Soosy Du
Additional voices
Episode: "The Cartoon"
2018 Star vs. the Forces of Evil No No No Yes Ben Fotino Episode: "Booth Buddies"
We Bare Bears No No No Yes Internet Troll Episode: "Charlie's Halloween Thing 2"
2019 Big City Greens No No No Yes Wyatt Episode: "Park Pandemonium"

Video games

Year Title Role
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Additional voices
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Additional voices[41]


Year Title Original publisher ISBN Notes
2016 Gravity Falls: Journal 3 Disney Press ISBN 9781484746691 Co-written with Rob Renzetti
New York Times Bestseller[21]
2018 Gravity Falls: Lost Legends ISBN 1368021425
ISBN 978-1368021425

Nominations and awards

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015 Annie Award Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience Gravity Falls Won [14]
2015 BAFTA Children's Award Best International Series [13]
2016 Annie Award Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience Nominated [16]
2016 Annie Award Best Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alex Hirsch [16]
2016 Peabody Award Excellence in Children's/Youth Programming Gravity Falls [15]
2017 Annie Award Best Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alex Hirsch [42]


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