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Also Known As: Joseph Roland Barbera, Joe Barbera Died: December 18, 2006
Born: March 24, 1911 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, animator, director, producer, story writer, accountant

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One half of the most celebrated animation-producing duos in history, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's company, Hanna-Barbera Productions, created some of the best-loved animated television programming of the 20th century and beyond, including "The Huckleberry Hound Show" (syndicated, 1958-1961), "The Yogi Bear Show" (syndicated, 1961-62), "The Flintstones" (ABC, 1960-66), "The Jetsons" (ABC, 1962-63), "Jonny Quest" (ABC, 1964-65), "Super Friends" (ABC, 1973-1986) and "The Smurfs" (NBC, 1981-89). With Hanna, Barbera began his career with the Oscar-winning Tom and Jerry animated shorts for MGM. When the company shuttered its animation division, the duo launched their own company, striking pay dirt almost immediately with "Huckleberry Hound" and "The Flintstones," their first primetime series. Hanna-Barbera's cartoons, driven largely by bright, simple artwork, clever writing, and memorable characters, led the television animation field until the 1980s, when financial difficulties resulted in their sale to a variety of companies. They rebounded in the 1990s as part of Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, for which they oversaw such cutting-edge cartoons as "The Powerpuff Girls" (1998-2005) before...

One half of the most celebrated animation-producing duos in history, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's company, Hanna-Barbera Productions, created some of the best-loved animated television programming of the 20th century and beyond, including "The Huckleberry Hound Show" (syndicated, 1958-1961), "The Yogi Bear Show" (syndicated, 1961-62), "The Flintstones" (ABC, 1960-66), "The Jetsons" (ABC, 1962-63), "Jonny Quest" (ABC, 1964-65), "Super Friends" (ABC, 1973-1986) and "The Smurfs" (NBC, 1981-89). With Hanna, Barbera began his career with the Oscar-winning Tom and Jerry animated shorts for MGM. When the company shuttered its animation division, the duo launched their own company, striking pay dirt almost immediately with "Huckleberry Hound" and "The Flintstones," their first primetime series. Hanna-Barbera's cartoons, driven largely by bright, simple artwork, clever writing, and memorable characters, led the television animation field until the 1980s, when financial difficulties resulted in their sale to a variety of companies. They rebounded in the 1990s as part of Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, for which they oversaw such cutting-edge cartoons as "The Powerpuff Girls" (1998-2005) before Hanna's death in 2001. Joseph Barbera's vast output of animated fare over the course of his six-decade career contained so many beloved characters and shows that his position as one of the dominant forces in American animation was assured for eternity.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Director
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  Three Musketeers, The (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Voice (Special Appearance)
2.
 Flintstones, The (1994)
8.
 I Yabba Dabba Do (1993) Voice
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Worked for Van Beuren Studio as writer of "Tom and Jerry" series (of no relation to later MGM cartoon)
1937:
Signed with MGM as writer; teamed with William Hanna
1940:
First venture with Hanna, "Puss Gets the Boot"; nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject
1955:
With Hanna succeeded Fred Quimby as head of MGM cartoon department; MGM closed the division in 1957
1957:
Teamed up with William Hanna to produce the series "The Ruff & Reddy Show," under the company name H-B Enterprises, soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions
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Co-directed (with William Hanna) the feature-length animated films, "Hey There, It's Yogi Bear" (1964) and "A Man Called Flintstone" (1966)
1968:
Hanna and Barbera continued to operate studio under agreement with Taft Co.
1968:
Produced live action feature film, "Project X"
1988:
Taft and the Hanna-Barbera Studio sold to Great American Broadcasting, with Barbera appointed president
1991:
Ted Turner announced the signing of definitive agreements for Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc to buy Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc. (and its library of more than 3,000 half-hours of animated programming and more than 350 different series, telefilms and theatrical relases) for $320 million from Great American Communications Co. in November
1994:
Inducted into the TV Hall of Fame by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2005:
Wrote, co-storyboarded, co-directed and co-produced the theatrical Tom and Jerry short "The Karateguard"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
American Institute of Banking: New York , New York -

Notes

Hanna and Barbera have created such animated programming series as "Ruff and Ready" (1957-60), "Huckleberry Hound" (1958-62), "Pixie and Dixie" (1958-62), "Quick Draw McGraw" (1959-62), "Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy" (1959-62), "Yogi Bear" (1960-62), "Snagglepuss" (1960-62), "The Flintstones" (1960-66), "Top Cat" (1961-62), "The Jetsons" (1962-63, 65-67, 69-76), "Jonny Quest" (1964-65, 67-72), "The Fantastic Four" (1967-70), "Scooby-Doo" (1969-86), "The Superfriends" (1973-83), "Richie Rich" (1980-83), "The Smurfs" (1981-). Beside the "Yogi Bear" and "Flintstones" films mentioned above, the duo's feature-length animated films have also included "Charlotte's Web" (1973) and "Heidi's Song" (1982).

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wife:
Dorothy Earl. Divorced in 1964.
wife:
Sheila Barbera.

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father:
Vicente Barbera. Barber.
mother:
Frances Barbera.
daughter:
Lynne Meredith Barbera. Mother, Dorothy Earl.
daughter:
Jayne Earl Barbera. Mother, Dorothy Earl.
son:
Neal Francis Barbera. Mother, Dorothy Earl.
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