NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Academy Award-winning animator Chuck Jones, who drew such beloved cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, died at his home Friday. He was 89.
Jones worked on more than 300 animated films in a career that spanned more than 60 years, winning two Oscars as a director and receiving an honorary Oscar in 1996 for lifetime achievement. He was also awarded an honorary life membership by the Directors Guild of America.
Working at Warner Bros., Jones helped bring to life some of the studio's most recognizable characters. In addition to Bugs and Daffy, he worked on the fast-moving, beep-beeping Road Runner and his hapless pursuer, Wile E. Coyote. He also drew Pepe le Pew, the romantic-minded skunk with the French accent.
Jones also produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the animated television classic "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Born in 1916 in Spokane, Wash., Jones moved to Hollywood with his family, finding work there as a child extra in Mac Sennett comedies.
After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of Arts), he began making a living drawing pencil portraits for a dollar apiece on Olvera Street, a historic Los Angeles marketplace.
He landed his first job as a cel washer in 1932, going to work for legendary Disney animator Ubbe Iwerks.
A few years later, he became an animator at the Leon Schelsinger Studio, which was later sold to Warner Bros. He later headed up his own animation unit at the Warner Bros. Animation Dept. until it closed in 1962.
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