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Biographical
Full Name Alexander Robert Hirsch[1]
Nickname(s) Alex
Sex Male
Birth date (1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 29)
Born in Piedmont, California, U.S.A
Height
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown/red
Occupation Storyboard artist; Producer; Voice actor
Website https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch
Role Many main, minor, and recurring characters

Alex Hirsch (born on June 18, 1985 in Piedmont, California) is the creator, executive producer, and director of the Disney Channel Animated Series, Gravity Falls. He voices main characters Stan Pines and Soos, as well as recurring characters like Old Man McGucket and the Gnomes. His twin sister is Ariel Hirsch.

He places many of his real-life experiences in the show, such as living in Piedmont and trick-or-treating with his sister as cats. He based Mabel on his twin sister, Ariel Hirsch, Grunkle Stan off of his Grandpa Stan and based the entire show loosely on his childhood summers. He gave Mabel a pet pig because his sister had always wanted one when she was a kid.

Episodes written by Alex Hirsch

Season 0 (pilot)

Season 1

Season 2

Roles in Gravity Falls

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Hirsch voice acting Stan.

Alex Hirsch with Grunkle Stan Puppet

Alex Hirsch at SDCC 2014 holding a puppet of Grunkle Stan.

Other Work

Alex was the creative consultant for Fish Hooks, which he developed for television alongside Maxwell Atoms, where he portrays 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, also on Disney Channel.[7][8]

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 liked to go to Oregon, and often did so. 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.[9]

Trivia

Mystery Tour 2013 Worlds Most Distracting Object

Alex in Mystery Tour 2013.

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Alex the clown.

  • 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 is the inspiration for Dipper.
  • His twin sister Ariel is the inspiration for Mabel.
  • A caricature of Hirsch is seen in "Bottomless Pit!" riding a unicycle.
  • Alex's college roommate was the show's art director, Ian Worrel.[10]
  • Alex guest voiced Officer Concord for a special Phineas and Ferb Halloween episode.[11]
  • 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 Hirsch named one of the manotaurs after his taxidermy buffalo "Beardy" that he keeps in his office at Disney.[citation needed]
  • Alex prefers Nintendo over Sega, and his favorite Nintendo game is Kirby's Pinball Land.[12][13]
  • He owns a full size adult taxidermy buffalo which he insists people sit on when they take tours. [14]
  • The number 618 the appears throughout Gravity Falls is a reference to his birthday, June 18th (otherwise 6/18).

List of 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

References

  1. BMI Repertoire
  2. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel". Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 6, 2012. No. 4, season 1
  3. "The Inconveniencing". Michael Rianda (writer) & Aaron Springer, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 13, 2012. No. 5, season 1
  4. "Double Dipper". Michael Rianda, Tim McKeon & Alex Hirsch (writers) and Aaron Springer, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 10, 2012. No. 7, season 1
  5. "Irrational Treasure" David Sack, Tim McKeon & Alex Hirsch (writers) and John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 17, 2012. No. 8, season 1
  6. http://youtu.be/hSGpbz6G14o?t=10m23s
  7. https://twitter.com/mmonogram/status/373494849942458370
  8. https://twitter.com/DanPovenmire/status/373484986235506688
  9. http://www.welovefine.com/contest/29-gravity-falls-design-contest
  10. http://www.reddit.com/r/gravityfalls/comments/1kgq85/i_am_alex_hirsch_creator_of_gravity_falls_ask_me/cbq3zgf?context=3
  11. http://themysteryofgravityfalls.tumblr.com/post/62978904981/this-guy-right-here-officer-concord-the
  12. https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/434591315234287617
  13. https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/434593770022006784
  14. http://www.reddit.com/comments/1kgq85


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