Joseph Barbera

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Date of Birth March 24, 1911
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Dec 18, 2006 (95)
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Joseph Barbera

Joseph Roland Barbera was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century. He was born to Italian immigrants in New York City, where he lived, attended college and began his career through his young adult years. After working odd jobs and as a banker, Barbera joined Van Beuren Studios in 1927 and subsequently Terrytoons in 1929. In 1930, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Barbera met William Hanna. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, after MGM dissolved their animation department, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound, and The Jetsons.

Born: Joseph Roland Barbera, March 24, 1911, Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: December 18, 2006, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation: Animator, director, producer, artist
Years active: 1932–2006
Children: 4
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About Joseph Barbera

Animator, director, and cartoon and storyboard artist who co-created Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons, with William Hanna. Together they founded one of the most successful animation studios of the 20th century.

Before Fame

He won several boxing titles during his high school years, but eventually lost interest in the sport. He attempted to gain employment as a cartoonist for The NY Hits Magazine during the Great Depression, but was never hired. He took a job at a bank before finding some success with single-panel cartoons in Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, and Collier's.


He and Hanna were awarded seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards.

Family Life

He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Earl, in 1935. They had four children before divorcing in 1963, after which he married Sheila Holden.


He and Zsa Zsa Gabor were good friends, and she frequently visited his house.

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