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William Hanna

William Denby "Bill" Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, television director, television producer, and cartoon artist, whose movie and television cartoon characters entertained millions of fans worldwide for much of the 20th century. When he was a young child, Hanna's family moved frequently, but they settled in Compton, California, by 1919. There, Hanna became an Eagle Scout. Hanna graduated from Compton High School in 1928. He briefly attended Compton City College but dropped out at the onset of the Great Depression.After working odd jobs in the first months of the 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 (MGM), Hanna met Joseph Barbera. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry and live action films. In 1957, they co-founded Hanna-Barbera, which became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing programs such as The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear. In 1967, Hanna–Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System, which in turn was merged with Time Warner, owners of Warner Bros., in 1996; Hanna and Barbera stayed on as advisors.Hanna and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoons have become cultural icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books, and toys. Hanna–Barbera's shows have a global audience of over 300 million people and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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Jul 14, 1910 In Melrose, New Mexico, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Puss Gets the Boot 1940-02-10
Latest Project:
Movie The House That Cat Built 2021-02-20
Known For
Poster of Tom & Jerry
Poster of Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers
Poster of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Poster of Puss Gets the Boot
Movie The House That Cat Built Tom / Jerry (archive sound) (uncredited) 2021-02-20
Movie Tom & Jerry Tom / Jerry (archive sounds) (uncredited) 2021-02-11
Movie On a Roll Tom / Jerry (archive sound) (uncredited) 2021-02-20
Movie Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection Tom Cat 2010-06-01
Movie Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers Tom / Jerry (voice) (archive sound) 2006-08-21
Movie Cartoon Network Christmas: Yuletide Follies (voice) 2004-10-05
Movie The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Awards Show Program Special: Live in Stereo Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 2002-03-23
Movie The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Special Appearance 2000-04-28
Movie The Flintstones Executive in Boardroom 1994-05-26
Movie I Yabba Dabba Do! William 1993-02-07
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars Unknown 1992-03-22
Movie The Last Halloween Narrator 1991-10-28
Movie Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Bash Himself 1990-11-30
Movie Hanna-Barbera's 50th Himself 1989-07-17
Movie The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration Self 1986-05-20
Movie Saturday Evening Puss Tom 1950-01-14
Movie The Truce Hurts Tom / Butch (voice) 1948-07-17
Movie Trap Happy Tom (voice) 1946-06-29
Movie Solid Serenade Tom (screaming voice) 1946-08-31
Movie The Mouse Comes to Dinner Tom 1945-05-05
Movie Quiet Please! Tom (voice) (uncredited) 1945-12-22
Movie The Zoot Cat Tom 1944-02-26
Movie The Million Dollar Cat Tom 1944-05-06
Movie Sufferin' Cats! Tom's Devil / Tom / Meathead's Yelps (voice) (uncredited) 1943-01-16
Movie Baby Puss Tom (voice) 1943-12-25
Movie The Lonesome Mouse Unknown 1943-05-22
Movie Fraidy Cat Tom / Jerry (voice) (uncredited) 1942-01-17
Movie Puss Gets the Boot Jinx (voice) (uncredited) 1940-02-10