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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.

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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 45 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 ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 65 (1901-1966) 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 ...more

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 60 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 ...more

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Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 47 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 ...more

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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 49 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 ...more

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1904-1991) 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 ...more

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Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 78 Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer.

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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 56 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 ...more

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John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 62 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 ...more

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Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Died at 89 (1883-1972) 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 ...more

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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002) 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 ...more

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Friz Freleng is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1906-1995) 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 ...more

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Walter Lantz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1899-1994) Walter Benjamin Lantz was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 68 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 ...more

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Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 61 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 ...more

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William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 91 (1910-2001) 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 ...more

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Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1911-2006) Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an Italian-American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained ...more

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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 49 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, ...more

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Jay Ward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1920-1989) J Troplong "Jay" Ward was an American creator and producer of animated TV cartoon shows. He produced animated series based on such characters as Crusader Rabbit, Rocky & ...more

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Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1921-2010) Arthur "Art" Clokey was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a ...more

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Tex Avery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1908-1980) Frederick Bean "Tex" Avery was an American animator, cartoonist, voice actor and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. He did ...more

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Walt Kelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 60 (1913-1973) Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. or Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing ...more

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Ray Harryhausen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013) Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation." His ...more

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Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 46 Eli Raphael Roth is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He is known for directing the horror film Hostel and its sequel, Hostel: Part II. He is also known for his role as ...more

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Don Bluth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Animators from the United States
age 81 Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer and animation instructor who is known for directing ...more