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Steve Jobs In Pop Culture: 'The Simpsons,' '30 Rock,' 'South Park' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   Mallika Rao   First Posted: 10/06/11 01:37 PM ET   Updated: 12/06/11 05:12 AM ET

Along with his ingenious body of work, Steve Jobs gave us a character to parse. He was an evangelical in a black turtleneck, a temperamental obsessive, a mystic, a capitalist, a prodigal son and a fated hero. His distinctiveness inspired impersonations, some straightforward, as in the 1999 docudrama "Pirates Of Silicon Valley," and others that take aim ("South Park"s 2011 season premiere). But Jobs' flaws were as vital to his public successes as his strengths, and even the sharper parodies of him work because he made us feel we knew him. If he was ours to worship and ours to criticize, first and foremost, he was ours.

In honor of Jobs the character, we've compiled a series of clips that track the public shape he took. Here's pop culture's observation of the man, black turtleneck, dogmatic fervor and all:

1997: 'A Regular Guy'
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Jobs and his biological sister, the novelist Mona Simpson, met and grew close in their adulthood (Simpson's mother gave Jobs up for adoption). Simpson seemed to model the main character of her 1997 novel "A Regular Guy," off Jobs: the wildly successful, blue jean-clad entrepreneur Tom Owens, who reconciles with a daughter from a past affair; Jobs too, denied he'd fathered his first daughter Lisa until later in his life.
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