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Timeline and Fact Sheet

Early Years (1912-1938)

Born September 21, 1912, Spokane, Washington

Grew up in Hollywood, observing the talents of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton; worked as a child-extra in Mack Sennett comedies

Graduated from Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts)

Drew pencil portraits for a dollar a piece on Olvera Street, then got first job in the animation industry as a cel washer for former Disney animator, Ubbe Iwerks, 1932

In 1936 became an animator for the Leon Schlesinger Studio (later sold to Warner Bros.) and was assigned to Tex Avery’s animation unit

Director, Warner Bros. Animation (1938-1962)

Directed first animated film, The Night Watchman, in 1938 at the age of 25

Directed over 250 animated cartoons at Warner Bros.

Looney Tunes characters co-created:
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Daffy Duck
  • Elmer Fudd
  • Porky Pig
  • … and many others

Characters solely created:
  • Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote
  • Marvin Martian
  • Pepe Le Pew
  • Michigan J. Frog
  • Gossamer
  • Marc Anthony & Kitty
  • Sniffles
  • Private SNAFU
  • Hubie & Bertie
  • … and many others

Worked briefly for Disney Studios while on hiatus at Warner Bros. in 1955

Warner Bros. animation unit closed 1962

Head of MGM Animation Department (1963-1971)

  • The Dot and the Line (Academy Award winner), 1965
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Peabody Award winner), 1966
  • Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (Peabody Award winner), 1971
  • The Pogo Birthday Special, 1971
  • 34 Tom & Jerry theatrical short films

Producer, Co-Director, Co-Writer
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (feature), 1971

Vice-President of Children’s Programming ABC-TV (1972-1973)

Co-Producer, Writer, Director, Bugs Bunny Show

Producer, children’s weekly variety show, Curiosity Shop

CEO and President of Chuck Jones Enterprises (1962-2002)

Co-Creator, Charlie Tuna for television commercials, 1960s

Writer, Director, several Gillette television commercials, 1960s

Writer, Designer, Heineken Beer television commercial (for British TV), 1960s

Writer, Co-Director, Gay Purr-ee (feature), 1962

Co-Producer, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, 1971

Executive Producer, Richard Williams’ Christmas Carol, 1972

Director, Producer, Writer (for ABC-TV)
  • The Cricket in Times Square, 1973
  • A Very Merry Cricket, 1973
  • Yankee Doodle Cricket, 1974

Director, Producer, Writer (for CBS-TV)
  • Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, 1975
  • Rudyard Kipling’s The White Seal, 1975
  • Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli’s Brothers, 1976

Writer, Director
  • Saint-Saen’s The Carnival of Animals, 1976
  • A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur’s Court (based on Mark Twain’s original story) 1978
  • Two TV specials featuring Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper and The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile, 1978

Creator, Crawford, syndicated comic strip, 1976-1977

Creator, bridges and new animation
  • Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-Giving Special, 1979
  • A feature compilation of past work, Chuck Jones’ Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, 1979
  • Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’Out All Over, 1980

Director, titles for feature film, Gremlins II, The New Batch, 1990

Director, segments of animation for feature films
  • Stay Tuned, 1992
  • Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993

Character design and development, co-producer for ABC television’s Chuck Jones’ Peter and the Wolf, 1996

Chuck Jones Film Productions (1993-1997)

Creator, Director, new animated theatrical short films for Warner Bros.
  • Chariots of Fur, December 1994
  • Superior Duck, August 1996
  • Pullet Surprise (directed by Darrell Van Citters), March 1997
  • Father of the Bird (directed by Steve Fossati), November 1997
  • Another Froggy Evening (unreleased)
  • From Hare to Eternity (unreleased)

Major Awards, Honors and Degrees

Director, three Academy Award winning films
  • Director, Best Animated Cartoon, For Scent-imental Reasons, 1950
  • Director, Best Documentary Short Subject, So Much for So Little, 1950
  • Director, Best Animated Cartoon, The Dot and the Line, 1965
  • Six additional nominations for films he directed

Honorary Oscar by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1996

Great Director Award, U.S.A. Film Festival, 1986

Best Animation Award, National Society of Cartoonists, 1986-1988,1990

Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Chicago Film Festival, 1987
  • Houston Film Festival, 1988
  • Zagreb Film Festival, 1988
  • Denver Film Festival, 1996
  • Santa Clarita Film Festival, 1999

American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, 1990

Career Achievement Award, Los Angeles Critics, 1991

What’s Opera, Doc?(1957), directed by Jones, added to the National Film Registry, 1992

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1995

Directors Guild of America’s Honorary Life Membership Award, 1996

Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Medal of Achievement, 1996

Inducted into International Museum of Cartoon Art Hall of Fame, 1997

Edward MacDowell Medal, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 1997

Inducted into Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, 1998

Appointed Professor Emeritus of Animation, Art Institute of Southern California, 1998

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres Award from French Minister of Culture, Lyon, France, 1998

Treasure Award, Central City Association, Los Angeles, May 1999

Vision Awards™, Los Angeles, June 1999

Duck Amuck (1953), directed by Jones, added to the National Film Registry, 1999

Orange County Arts Award, Orange County, 2001

Inducted into Animation Hall of Fame, Los Angeles, 2001

Honored with Film Retrospectives throughout the world:
  • Telluride Film Festival, 1976
  • Deauville, France, 1978
  • British Film Institute, 1979
  • Cambridge Film Festival, England, 1985
  • Oulu Film Festival, Finland, 1990
  • Tampere Short Film Festival, Finland, 1997

Honorary Doctorates
  • Hon. PhD. Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, 1991
  • Hon. PhD. Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, 1993
  • Hon. PhD. American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA 1997
  • Hon. PhD. Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA 1999
  • Hon. PhD. Chapman University, Orange, CA 1999

Artwork, Exhibits and Design

Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1985

Art retrospective at Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, CA, 1990

Featured artist:
  • Chuck Jones Studio Galleries: Laguna Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, Santa Fe, NM
  • Cartoon and other art exhibited in more than 250 art galleries and museums throughout the U.S.; also in Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe, 1985-present

Chuck Jones Official Websites:

Subject of the first major exhibit at the Capital Children’s Museum National Center for Animation, Washington, DC, 1993-1995

Appeared and/or contributed poster artwork for numerous charities
  • San Diego Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, 1981
  • Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1982
  • Children’s Hospital Telethon, New Orleans, LA, 1985-present
  • Children’s Hospital Benefit, St. Louis, MO, 1985
  • New Hope Home, Melbourne, Australia, 1990
  • Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Woodland Hills, CA, 1996

Writer, Hallmark Looney Tunes Calendar, 1989-1994

Writer, Illustrator, Looney Tunes Comic Ball 1 Collector Cards (Upper Deck Co.), 1990

Designer, Illustrator, new characters for Neiman Marcus InCircle cookbook Pigtails and Froglegs, 1993

Designer, characters for book and Emmy Award winning TV special Peter and the Wolf

Designer, wall mural for MacLaren Children’s Center, L.A. County Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children

Designer, Creator artwork corresponding to four operas for Opera Pacific brochures, Orange County, CA, 1997

Guest Appearances/Speaking Opportunities

Invited guest and participant
  • Royal Opening ceremonies of the Museum of the Moving Image, London, England, 1988
  • Bugs Bunny on Broadway performances
  • Gershwin Theater, New York, NY, 1990
  • Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, 1992, 1994
  • Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA 1996

Featured Guest Speaker
  • National Film Theatre/British Film Institute, London, England, 1996
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 1997
  • … and countless others


Lecturer Emeritus, University of California, San Diego, CA, 1986

Lecturer at primary, secondary, and advanced education schools, colleges and universities throughout the world
  • Art Center
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cambridge
  • Columbia
  • Dartmouth
  • Edinboro
  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Sheridan
  • UCLA
  • USC
  • Yale
  • … and many others

Books by Jones

Based on Cricket and Kipling TV Specials (Ideals, pub. 1983-1985)
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • A Very Merry Cricket
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
  • The White Seal
  • Mowgli’s Brothers

William the Backwards Skunk (Crown, pub. 1986)

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (hard cover, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, pub. 1989; paperback in English Avon Books, pub. 1990; paperback Foreign, Simon & Schuster, pub. 1989)

Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life (hard cover, pub. Warner Books 1996)

Daffy Duck for President (hard cover, pub. Warner Bros. Worldwide Publishing)

Books Featuring Jones

Subject of a book in a series titled Portraits of American Genius—Chuck Jones: A Flurry of Drawings by Hugh Kenner (hard cover, pub. University of California Press, 1994)

Featured in various books
  • Of Mice and Magic by Leonard Maltin
  • That’s All Folks! by Steve Schneider
  • Bugs Bunny: Fifty Years and Only One Grey Hare by Joe Adamson
  • Who the Devil Made It by Peter Bogdanovich
  • The 50 Greatest Cartoons edited by Jerry Beck

*4 of the top 5 films, including the #1 spot, cartoons directed by Jones

Films/Broadcasts Featuring Jones

Subject of Chuck Amuck: The Movie (prod. John Needham, London, England), 1989

Subject of Chuck Jones—A Life of Animation (prod. David Weinkauf, Edinboro, PA)

Subject of one episode in series, The Creative Spirit (prod. Paul Kaufman, AHP, IBM), 1992

Subject of feature film The Magical World of Chuck Jones (prod. George Daugherty, IFX), 1992

Subject of the television documentary Chuck Jones: Extremes & In-betweens, A Life in Animation (prod.Margaret Selby/CAMI Spectrum), 2000


Council of Executives, Art Center of Design

Creative Council, Museum of Broadcasting

Fellow, Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, CA

Board of Advisors
  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Louisiana Council for Music and Performing Arts

Consultant to and good-will representative for Warner Bros.

Founder, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity


Married Dorothy Webster, 1934; d. 1978

Married Marian Dern, 1983

Daughter Linda Jones, born 1937

  • Todd Charles Kausen
  • Craig Martin Kausen
  • Valerie Jane Kausen

  • Alexander Kausen
  • Brittany Kausen
  • Charley Kausen
  • Samantha Kausen
  • Jessica Kausen
  • Jake Kausen
  • Jamie Kausen


Mr. Jones died in February 2002 at the age of 89, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance, comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a non-profit 501©3 organization is established and dedicated to fostering and encouraging the expression of artistic creativity using the drawings, films and writings of Mr. Jones as inspiration.

Become a member of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Make your tax deductible donation at or send your check to:

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A

Costa Mesa, CA 92626