William Hanna

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Date of Birth July 14, 1910
Place of Birth Melrose, New Mexico
Date of Death Mar 22, 2001 (90)
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William Hanna

William Denby Hanna was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, cartoon artist, and musician whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people for much of the 20th century. After working odd jobs in the first months of the Great Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930. During the 1930s, Hanna steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. In 1937, while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hanna met Joseph Barbera. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, creating and/or producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear.

Born: William Denby Hanna, July 14, 1910, Melrose, Territory of New Mexico, U.S.
Died: March 22, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California, U.S.
Occupation: Animator, director, producer, voice actor, cartoonist, musician
Years active: 1930–2001
Children: 2
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About William Hanna

Along with Joe Barbera, he and his partner created The Flintstones. The duo won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmys for their work.

Before Fame

He became an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors as a child, in addition to playing the saxophone.


During the 1960s, he had an estimated 300,000,000 people watching his cartoons.

Family Life

He married Violet Blanch Wogatzke in 1936. He had a son named David and a daughter named Bonnie.


He had a small appearance in Invitation to Dance alongside Gene Kelly.

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