Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones
Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times


Chuck Jones
Film: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Cartoonist | Director | Producer
Born Charles Martin Jones on Sept. 21, 1912 in Spokane, WA
Died Feb. 22, 2002 of congestive heart failure in Corona del Mar, Calif.

Animator Chuck Jones helped give life to that wascally wabbit, the portly pig, the lisping duck and the tormented coyote in a career that spanned more than 60 years and involved the creation of more than 300 animated films.

Although he will always be remembered as the animator who helped create Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Wile E. Coyote, among many others, near the end of his life he dedicated himself to fine art drawing. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Still, Jones considered his cartoon characters as real as any subject he depicted in his museum pieces.

"Animation isn't the illusion of life," he said in a biography on his Internet page. "It is life."

Jones' wife said Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other characters all represented a part of her husband and his fun-loving sense of humor.

"All the characters came from inside of him," she said. "That was him, and he was amazing."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1961 Best Short Subject - Cartoon Beep Prepared Nomination
    1961 Best Short Subject - Cartoon Nelly's Folly Nomination
    1965 Best Short Subject - Cartoon The Dot and the Line Win*
    1995 Honorary Award Win
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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