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List of Famous Animators

List of famous animators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top animators in the world? This includes the most prominent animators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable animators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic animators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned animators.

Examples of people on this list include Dr. Seuss and Seth MacFarlane.

From reputable, prominent, and well known animators to the lesser known animators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the animator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous animators ever?" and "What are the names of famous animators?" then you're in the right place. (1312 items)

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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor + 10 more
    • Credits: Family Guy, American Dad!, Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Cleveland Show + 26 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 6 more
    • Credits: Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Dumbo + 340 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Poet, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman Returns + 41 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer + 5 more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Orgazmo + 19 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Orgazmo + 21 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1904-1991)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 4 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 + 35 more
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    Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is a U.S. cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as the co-creator of two successful television series, The Simpsons, Futurama and a Christmas special, Olive, the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist + 3 more
    • Credits: The Simpsons, Futurama, The Simpsons Movie, Futurama: Bender's Big Score, Olive + 7 more
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    Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer. more on Wikipedia
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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 + 41 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer + 8 more
    • Credits: Clueless, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head + 21 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator + 2 more
    • Credits: Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2, Cars, A Bug's Life + 35 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 89 (1883-1972)
    • Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, Actor, Animator + 2 more
    • Credits: Gulliver's Travels, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Betty Boop, Gertie the Dinosaur, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor + 181 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 3 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 + 266 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 2 more
    • Credits: The Pink Panther Show, The Bugs Bunny Show, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, The Looney Tunes Show + 436 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 2 more
    • Credits: Woody Woodpecker, Pantry Panic, Boy Meets Dog, Dopey Dick the Pink Whale, Scalp Treatment + 161 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 3 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Animator + 3 more
    • Credits: The Simpsons, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol + 9 more
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    Georgia Hubley is an American percussionist, vocalist, and visual artist. She is one of the two founding members of the alternative-rock band Yo La Tengo. She is married to the group's other founding member, guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan, with whom she lives in New Jersey. The two would often see each ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Animator, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Book of Life, Windy Day, Her Grandmother’s Gift, Tall Time Tales, Everybody Rides The Carousel + 5 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Charlotte's Web + 366 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Charlotte's Web + 370 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Animator, Animation Director + 1 more
    • Credits: The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: The Clone Wars + 12 more
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