Cartoonists in History

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Events in Film & TV


Book releaseHistoric Publication

1941-03-01 Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

1958-10-23 The smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1795-11-26 Carl Philipp Fohr, German painter and cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1818)
  • 1845-08-15 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), born in Liverpool (d. 1915)
  • 1876-10-22 [Joseph Jacinto] Jo Mora, Uruguayan-born American cartoonist, cowboy and illustrator who lived with the Hopi tribe and wrote extensively of his experiences, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1947)
  • 1882-08-08 Ladislas Starevich, Polish animator (d. 1965)
  • 1883-07-19 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), born in Kraków, Austrian Poland (d. 1972)
  • 1886-03-02 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • 1893-07-26 George Grosz, German cartoonist and painter (Gott mit uns), born in Berlin (d. 1959)
  • 1899-02-15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • 1900-02-08 Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • 1900-04-27 Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (Woody Woodpecker's creator), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1901-03-27 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), born in Merrill, Oregon (d. 2000)

Person of interestWalt Disney

1901-12-05 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1905-03-23 Paul Grimault, animator
  • 1905-07-08 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (d. 1997)
  • 1905-08-21 Friz Freleng, American animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1906-08-12 Tedd Pierce, American animator (d. 1972)
  • 1907-04-12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1907-11-14 William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (Shrek!, Doctor De Soto), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1908-04-23 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1908-11-12 Shamus Culhane, animator
  • 1909-04-24 Irven Spence, American animator, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1995)
  • 1910-01-26 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (d. 1989)

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

1910-07-14 William Hanna, American animator (Hanna-Barbera, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo), born in Melrose, New Mexico (d. 2001)

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna

Person of interestJoseph Barbera

1911-03-24 Joseph Barbera, American animator (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2006)

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • 1911-03-26 T. Hee, American animator (d. 1988)
  • 1912-09-05 Frank Thomas, American animator, born in Fresno, California (d. 2004)
  • 1912-09-21 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1912-10-31 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2008)
  • 1913-03-30 Marc Davis, American animator (d. 2000)
  • 1914-04-11 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1917-03-02 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • 1920-01-01 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, born in Maderno, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1922-06-09 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist - Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)
  • 1924-02-22 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, born in Hoenkoop, the Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1924-04-13 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1925-04-12 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1926-08-07 Stan Freberg, American satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926-08-14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1926-09-07 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1927-06-02 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist and animator, (d. 2013)
  • 1929-04-01 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator
  • 1933-03-30 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1937-05-26 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Empire of Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1937-09-13 Don Bluth, American animator and film director (The Secret of NIMH), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1938-10-29 Ralph Bakshi, American animator (Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse), born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
  • 1940-04-17 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), born in Nantes, France (d. 2020)
  • 1940-11-22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-09-15 Yuri Norstein, Russian animator
  • 1942-01-11 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1946-02-12 Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch illustrator and cartoonist (children stamps 1992), born in Kuurne, Belgium
  • 1946-03-10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • 1946-04-30 Bill Plympton, American animator (Your Face), born in Portland Oregon
  • 1948-02-18 Tony Anselmo, American animator & cartoon voice actor, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1951-11-19 Ben Katchor, American cartoonist and illustrator (Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952-09-29 Gabor Csupo, Hungarian-born animator
  • 1955-09-09 John Kricfalusi, Canadian animator
  • 1956-10-18 Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • 1957-02-27 Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-03-15 David Silverman, American animator (The Simpsons), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1958-12-06 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator (Wallace and Gromit), born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1960-03-13 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2005)
  • 1960-03-15 Chris Sanders, American animator and director
  • 1960-05-22 Hideaki Anno, Japanese film director and animator (Neon Genesis Evangelion), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1960-12-24 Glenn McQueen, American animator, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1965-01-10 Butch Hartman, American animator, born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1965-12-03 Andrew Stanton, American animator
  • 1967-02-10 Armand Serrano, Filipino animator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1969-10-19 [Randolph Severn] Trey Parker, American actor, animator and producer (South Park, The Book of Mormon), born in Conifer, Colorado
  • 1970-01-17 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971-05-26 Matt Stone, American actor, animator and producer (South Park, The Book of Mormon), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973-02-15 Alex Borstein, American actress and animator (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), born in Highland Park, Illinois

Person of interestSeth MacFarlane

1973-10-26 Seth MacFarlane, American animator, television producer (American Dad!, Family Guy) and filmmaker (Ted), born in Kent, Connecticut

  • 1975-02-15 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1981-06-22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)
  • 1984-07-19 Lasse Gjertsen, Norwegian animator (YouTube - Amateur), born in Larvik, Norway

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1936-08-07 Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 2006-03-14 Comedian and actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • 2006-06-19 "Savage Garden" pop singer Darren Hayes (34) weds animator Richard Cullen in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944-09-13 W. Heath Robinson, English illustrator and cartoonist (Don Quixote), dies at 72
  • 1947-10-10 [Joseph Jacinto] Jo Mora, Uruguayan-born American cartoonist, cowboy and illustrator who lived with the Hopi tribe and wrote extensively of his experiences, dies at 70
  • 1949-06-10 John T. McCutcheon, American cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931), dies at 79
  • 1951-09-01 Wols [Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze], German cartoonist and painter, dies at 38
  • 1953-11-29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1956-01-13 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, dies at 84

Person of interestWalt Disney

1966-12-15 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1969-06-24 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • 1972-02-19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • 1972-03-20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • 1972-09-11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • 1973-10-18 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • 1974-09-17 André Dunoyer de Segonzac, French painter and cartoonist, dies at 90
  • 1975-09-04 Walter Tetley, cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1977-11-05 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1979-04-29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72
  • 1982-02-13 Gluyas Williams, American cartoonist (Fellows Citizen), dies at 93
  • 1984-05-16 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71
  • 1985-11-29 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1985-12-26 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), dies at 74
  • 1987-01-27 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, dies at 72
  • 1988-05-18 Daws Butler, American animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • 1988-10-30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 1989-10-21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1991-02-01 Jimmy MacDonald, Scottish-American voice actor (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • 1991-12-04 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", dies at 78
  • 1992-03-04 Arthur Babbitt, animator (Mr Magoo, Goofy), die at 84 of heart failure
  • 1992-03-17 Grace Stafford Lantz, cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
  • 1992-07-30 Joe Shuster, Canadian-American cartoonist (co-creator of Superman), dies at 78
  • 1993-02-21 Harvey Kurtzman, American cartoonist and founding editor of Mad magazine, dies at 68
  • 1993-05-30 Marge, American cartoonist (created Little Lulu), dies at 88
  • 1993-09-09 David Tendlar, animator (Betty Boop), dies
  • 1994-03-29 Paul Grimault, animator, dies at 89
  • 1994-06-11 Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90
  • 1994-08-30 Michael Gribble, film animator (Mike & Spike Festival), dies at 42
  • 1995-05-26 Friz Freleng, American animator (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 88
  • 1995-09-21 Irven Spence, American animator, dies at 86
  • 1996-02-02 Shamus Culhane, animator, dies at 87
  • 1996-03-02 Yrrah [Harry Lammertink], Dutch cartoonist (Vrij Netherland), dies at 63
  • 1996-11-23 George Nicholas, cartoon animator, dies at 85
  • 1997-10-22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • 1997-10-24 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Scooby-Doo, Bamm Bamm Rubble), dies at 62
  • 1997-12-16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • 1998-06-13 Reg Smythe, English cartoonist (Andy Capp), dies at 80
  • 2000-01-12 Marc Davis, American animator (b. 1913)

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

2001-03-22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 2001-12-18 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (Archie Comics), dies at 82
  • 2002-07-08 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • 2002-10-29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2004-02-05 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2004-09-08 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • 2005-01-15 Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • 2005-07-27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • 2005-08-16 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45
  • 2006-02-04 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • 2007-01-08 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2007-03-03 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, dies at 87
  • 2007-09-12 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (Farley, The Elderberries comics), dies at 64
  • 2008-04-14 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, dies at 95
  • 2008-09-02 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • 2008-12-08 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • 2010-05-27 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • 2010-09-04 Paul Conrad, American cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), dies at 86
  • 2011-09-02 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • 2013-02-10 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist and animator, dies at 85
  • 2015-02-01 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • 2015-03-20 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), dies at 83
  • 2015-06-30 Leonard Starr, American comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 89
  • 2016-10-23 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), dies at 92
  • 2018-01-27 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94

Person of interestStephen Hillenburg

2018-11-27 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist (SpongeBob SquarePants), dies of ALS syndrome at 51

Cartoonist and Voice Actor Stephen Hillenburg
Cartoonist and Voice Actor
Stephen Hillenburg
  • 2019-04-11 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2020-02-10 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), dies at 79

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

2020-03-24 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), dies at 92

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • 2020-08-26 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), dies at 87