- “See, son, that's where we're going ... maybe not today, maybe not tomorra'. But someday.”
- ―Orville J. Simpson
Orville J. Simpson, or Great-Grandpa Simpson is one of the sons of Old Tut and Happy (née Dinsdale) Simpson (the other being Boris Simpson), the father of Abe Simpson and the paternal grandfather of Homer Simpson. Orville married Yuma Hickman and became the parents of at least twelve children, which include Hubert, Tyrone, Cyrus, Bill, Chet, Hortense and Abraham Simpson. He is also Homer Simpson and Herbert Powell's grandfather, He is also the great-grandfather of Bart, Stanley, Lisa, Jessica and Maggie Simpson.
Orville J. Simpson was born in the late 1800s in an unidentified country (presumably Scotland), and married Yuma Hickman prior to 1898. Their first child, Hubert, was born in 1903. Two years later, Orville and Yuma had their second child, whom they named Tyrone. Eventually in 1907, both Abe and Cyrus Simpson were born.
Assuming Abe is to be trusted with his stories, Orville, Yuma Hickman and their children emigrated to America from an unspecified country (presumably that of Scotland, Ireland, or Northeast England) and moved into the Statue of Liberty. After a few years of living there, they were forced to move out when they filled the head with too much garbage. Their family then moved to Springfield, which was located in an unidentified state. When Abe was only a boy, Orville became a disciplinarian (as Abe describes him, a "professional child beater"), who once owned a disciplinary center where he strangled young boys to discipline them (his own father disapproved of this). In the early 1920s, Orville and Yuma had another son, named Bill. In the mid 1930s, Orville had his final son, named Chet. At some point, the couple gave birth to Hortense Simpson.
By 1939, Hubert and Tyrone both grew up. While Hubert stayed in Springfield, Tyrone moved to Dayton, Ohio. Abraham and Cyrus grew up, with them both becoming navy pilots in WWII. Cyrus crashed his fighter plane in Tahiti, and moved there permanently, later becoming married to 15 women, to whom he is still married. Bill grew up and became a communist. Chet grew up and became the head of an unsuccessful shrimp company. Orville and Yuma later grew old, and had presumably passed away by 1989. If Abe's story about Virgil Simpson is true, he is 1/8 black, making him an octoroon.
Orville was seen in Heaven by Bart after getting hit by a car, strangling young Abe, hinting the habit is a family trait. He is present in Grampa's story when Grampa tells the family of his arrival in the U.S.
In Mathlete's Feat it's mentioned that he raised Abraham and his eleven dead siblings on crick water
Orville appeared again in Dad Behavior in which, during a (highly inaccurate) flashback, he hurls a baby Abe at the sun in response to him throwing up milk on his shirt. During this flashback, both Orville's physique and vocabulary are similar to that of Popeye.
In A Father's Watch, Abe mentions that his dad was a professional child beater. In a flashback (that was probably false, due to Abe's senility), Orville is strangling a young boy in front of a large crowd, showing them how to discipline their children. However, Orville's own father disapproved of this, and strangled Orville himself.
- Episode – "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"
- Episode – "Much Apu About Nothing" (flashback)
- Episode – "Homer to the Max" (mentioned)
- Episode – "The Winter of His Content" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Mathlete's Feat" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Dad Behavior" (flashback)
- Episode – "A Father's Watch" (flashback)
- Book – The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album
| Homer Simpson • Marge Simpson • Bart Simpson • Lisa Simpson • Maggie Simpson •|
Santa's Little Helper • Snowball V
|Homer's living relatives|
|Abraham Simpson II • Abbie • Herbert Powell • Tyrone Simpson • Dr. Simpson • Cyrus Simpson • Chet Simpson • Stanley Simpson • Bill Simpson • Frank Simpson • Cyrus's 15 wives|
|Marge's living relatives|
|Jacqueline Bouvier • Selma Bouvier • Patty Bouvier • Ling Bouvier • Jub-Jub|
|Homer's deceased relatives|
| Amber Simpson|
Mona Simpson • Hubert Simpson • Hortense Simpson
Orville Simpson • Bonita Simpson • Elrita Simpson • Twitta Simpson • Yuma Hickman
"Old Tut" Simpson • Gaston Simpson • Hugo Simpson I • Dulcine Simpson • Lou Simpson • Floyd Simpson • "Happy" Simpson
Howland Simpson • Zeke Simpson • Pippa Simpson • Gabby Crouse
Garwood Simpson • Ivy Simpson • Galston Simpson • Prudence Simpson • Trixie Simpson • Clowta Stillman
Rupert Simpson • Lambert Simpson • Winifred Running Goat • Humphrey Little Goat • Jane Nervous Goat
Sven Simpson • Claretta Ethridge • Mary Frowning Cloud • Joe Puffing Goat
|Marge's deceased relatives|
|Clancy Bouvier • Gladys Bouvier • Alvarine Bisque • Arthur Bouvier • Alfreda Bouvier II • Françoise Billout • Antoine Bouvier • Axel Bouvier • Bambi Bouvier • Charlene Bouvier • Chester Bouvier • Dorothé Bouvier • JoJo Bouvier • Monique Bouvier • Pépé Bouvier • Victor Bouvier • Victor Bouvier II • Cléo Bouvier • Didi Bouvier • Ferdinand Gurney • Gladys Gurney • Honoré Bouvier • Alfreda LeDoux • Angelique Marceau • Marcel Bouvier • Bambi Petitbois • Pierre Bouvier • Rowena Bouvier • Yves Bouvier|
|Hugo Simpson II • Maggie Simpson, Jr. • Bart Simpson, Jr. • Picard Simpson • Kirk Simpson • Captain Kidney Pie • Colonel Custard • Maggie's Husband • Man O' Pies • Pieman of the World • Señor Fritatta • Zia Simpson|
|Bart Junior • Chirpy Boy and Bart Junior • Coltrane • Duncan • Greyhound Puppies • Henry the Canary • Laddie • Lou • Mojo • Pinchy • Plopper • Princess • Smiley • Snowball I • Snowball II • Snowball III • Snowball V • Snuffy • Stampy • Strangles • She's the Fastest|