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Famous Animators from the United States

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List of notable or famous animators from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top animators born in the United States and even some popular animators who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American animators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These animators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known animator from the United States is included when available.

List includes Dr. Seuss, Seth MacFarlane and more.

This historic animators from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American animators of note?" and "Who are the most famous animators from the United States?" These prominent animators of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American animators.

Use this list of renowned American animators to discover some new animators that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceKent, Connecticut, United States of America

    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker,... more on Wikipedia

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    Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia

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    Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Tim Burton

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceBurbank, California, United States of America

    Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American filmmaker, artist, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Matt Stone

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

    Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American animator, producer, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Dr. Seuss

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American ... more on Wikipedia

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    Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceArea code 218, Minneapolis, Area code 612, United States of America, United States

    Terrence Vance Gilliam (; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Mike Judge

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceGuayaquil, Ecuador

    Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator,... more on Wikipedia

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    John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American animator, filmmaker, and former... more on Wikipedia

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    Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Max Fleischer

    Dec. at 89 (1883-1972)

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Chuck Jones

    Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

    Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator,... more on Wikipedia

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    Friz Freleng is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Friz Freleng

    Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Walter Lantz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Walter Lantz

    Dec. at 95 (1899-1994)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, New Rochelle

    Walter Benjamin Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jeffrey Katzenberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jeffrey Katzenberg (; born December 21, 1950) is an American film executive, film producer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Brad Bird

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceKalispell, Montana, United States of America

    Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American animator, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    William Hanna

    Dec. at 91 (1910-2001)

    BirthplaceMelrose, New Mexico, United States of America

    William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Joseph Barbera

    Dec. at 95 (1911-2006)

    BirthplaceDelancey Street

    Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BAIR-ə, BAR-bər-ə, Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December... more on Wikipedia
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    Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jay Ward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Jay Ward

    Dec. at 69 (1920-1989)

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Jay Ward (September 20, 1920 – October 12, 1989) was an American creator and producer of... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Art Clokey

    Dec. at 89 (1921-2010)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Arthur "Art" Clokey (born Arthur Charles Farrington; October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010) was... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Tex Avery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Tex Avery

    Dec. at 72 (1908-1980)

    BirthplaceTaylor, Texas, United States of America

    Frederick Bean "Tex" Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator and... more on Wikipedia

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    Walt Kelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Walt Kelly

    Dec. at 60 (1913-1973)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973), commonly known as Walt Kelly,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ray Harryhausen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Ray Harryhausen

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Raymond Frederick Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American artist, designer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Eli Roth

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Eli Raphael Roth (born April 18, 1972) is an American film director, producer, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Don Bluth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Animators from the United States

    Don Bluth

    Age: 83

    BirthplaceEl Paso, Texas, United States of America

    Donald Virgil Bluth (; born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, film director,... more on Wikipedia

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