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Alex Anderson

Born: 1920 - Died: 2010-10-22
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes


Death Summary: Anderson suffered from Alzheimers, and according to his wife died of natural causes after a four year long battle with health complications.

Who was Alex Anderson : Alex Anderson is best known as the man who created Rocky and Bullwinkle, along with Dudley-Do-Right. Though for a long time he wasn't the one featured as the creator of the characters.

Anderson's life before Rocky and Bullwinkle is very interesting. He was born into a family of artists. He was the nephew of the man who owned the Terrytoons studio, who released the Might Mouse cartoon. This is where Anderson received his start in cartooning. During World War II, Anderson was a spy for the US Navy. Upon returning from his duty, Anderson went back to work at Terrytoons full time.

When trying to pitch new ideas for his uncle, which included character adapted for television. His uncle wanted to stay exclusively in movies however, so he moved back to his childhood home of Berkeley, California. Here, he would partner with his childhood friend Jay Ward. Anderson handled the creative aspect of the business, while Ward handled the finances. Their original work included Crusader Rabbit, while lesser known than his other works, it lasted 195 episodes.

The show Anderson is most known for is the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. He created both of the characters. According to his wife, Rocky was inspired by a dream where a moose sat in on a game of poker with his friends. While he created the characters, he had little creative control over the actual show. As he didn't want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This decision is what lead to Anderson not being as notable to the show's success.

In 1996, Anderson had to file a lawsuit against his friend and business partner Jay Ward. Ward attempted to copyright the characters in his name solely. This led to the lawsuit, which Anderson ended up winning.

Anderson is survived by his wife of 36 years, two sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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4 Signatures in Alex Anderson's guestbook

  1. Steve Says:

    Thanks for creating characters that were a part of my childhood.
    R I P

  2. billyfatsacks Says:

    i loved him

    once behind a kmart incredible erect man RIP

  3. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    He Lived a very Long age but Yet it is Never enough….I am 54 years Young and of Course I remember Rocky and Bullwinkle…..What a special Man….Love-Huggs with my Memories My friend…
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  4. Gerri Says:

    I Hate to say it, But “The Pillage” was the beginning of Fall, If Not for Ghost rcenrrestiug them with “Ironman”. But He did have a couple of good joints like “milk the cow” & “slang editorial”


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