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Famous Male Animators

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List of famous male animators, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male animators list contains the most prominent and top males known for being animators. There are thousand of males working as animators in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic animators have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a animator then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Eli Noyes and Hiroyuki Kitakubo.

While this isn't a list of all male animators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male animators?" and "Who are the best male animators?"


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    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. He also voices many of the shows' various ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Family Guy, American Dad!, Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Cleveland Show, + more
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1901-1966)
    • Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, + more
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    Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror and fantasy films such as the horror comedy fantasy Beetlejuice, the romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands, the musical fantasy-thriller The ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Burbank, USA, California
    • Profession: Television director, Poet, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, + more
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    Matt Stone
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    Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Trey Parker, as well as co-writing the 2011 musical The Book of ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Orgazmo, + more
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    Trey Parker
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    Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone, as well as co-writing and co-directing the 2011 musical The Book ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: USA, Denver, Colorado
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Orgazmo, + more
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    Dr. Seuss
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    Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. Geisel published 46 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1904-1991)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, + more
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    Terry Gilliam
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    Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator, Film Director
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Life of Brian, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, + more
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    Mike Judge
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    Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill and co-created the television sitcom Silicon Valley. He wrote and directed the films Beavis ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Clueless, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head, + more
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    John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Hollywood, California
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2, Cars, A Bug's Life, + more
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    Max Fleischer
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    Max Fleischer was an Polish Jewish American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios. He brought such animated characters as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye and Superman to the movie ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1883-1972)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Kraków, Poland, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, + more
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: Gulliver's Travels, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Betty Boop, Gertie the Dinosaur, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, + more
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    Chuck Jones
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    Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1912-2002)
    • Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, + more
    • Credits: Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Bugs Bunny Show, + more
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    Friz Freleng
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    Isadore "Friz" Freleng, often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1906-1995)
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, + more
    • Credits: The Pink Panther Show, The Bugs Bunny Show, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, The Looney Tunes Show, + more
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    Walter Lantz
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    Walter Benjamin Lantz was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1899-1994)
    • Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: Woody Woodpecker, Pantry Panic, Boy Meets Dog, Dopey Dick the Pink Whale, Scalp Treatment, + more
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    Jeffrey Katzenberg
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    Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American businessman, film studio executive and film producer. As a businessman, he is the CEO of DreamWorks Animation and is also known for his tenure as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios from 1984 to 1994, during which the studio reinvigorated its live-action and animation ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
    • Credits: Shrek, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, The Road to El Dorado, Father of the Pride, + more
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    Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, who began his career as an animator. Bird developed a love for the art of animation at an early age and was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men. He was part of one of the earliest ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: USA, Kalispell, Montana
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator, + more
    • Credits: The Simpsons, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, + more
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    William Hanna
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    William Denby "Bill" Hanna was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, and cartoon artist, 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 Depression, Hanna joined the Harman and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1910-2001)
    • Birthplace: Melrose, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Charlotte's Web, + more
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    Joseph Barbera
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    Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an Italian-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. Through his young adult years, Barbera lived, attended college, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1911-2006)
    • Birthplace: Delancey Street
    • Profession: Storyboard Artist, Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Charlotte's Web, + more
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    Gennadiy Borisovich Tartakovsky is a Russian-born American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars and co-creating Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011, Tartakovsky joined Sony ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Animator, Animation Director, + more
    • Credits: The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, + more
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    Norman McLaren
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    Norman McLaren, CC, CQ was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and filmmaking, including drawn-on-film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. His ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1914-1987)
    • Birthplace: Stirling, Eurasia, Stirling, United Kingdom, Scotland, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Neighbours, Pas de deux, A Chairy Tale, Begone Dull Care, Christmas Cracker, + more
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    Hayao Miyazaki
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    Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Storyboard Artist, Illustrator, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, + more
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