William Hanna

1910 - 2001

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William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, voice actor, and occasional musician who is best known for co-creating Tom and Jerry and providing the vocal effects for the series' title characters. Alongside Joseph Barbera, he also founded the animation studio and production company Hanna-Barbera. Hanna joined the Harman and Ising animation studio in 1930 and steadily gained skill and prominence while working on cartoons such as Captain and the Kids. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Hanna has received more than 3,091,082 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. William Hanna is the 129th most popular film director (down from 96th in 2019), the 894th most popular biography from United States (down from 648th in 2019) and the 35th most popular American Film Director.

William Hanna is most famous for his work with partner Joseph Barbera. Together, they created the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, as well as other cartoons like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and Huckleberry Hound.

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  • 3.1M

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  • 63.40

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  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.53

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.01

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year William Hanna has had the most page views in the with 375,769 views, followed by Spanish (42,872), and Russian (29,911). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latin (108.19%), Malagasy (67.76%), and Esperanto (58.61%)


Among film directors, William Hanna ranks 129 out of 2,041Before him are Jiří Menzel, Wes Craven, Claude Lelouch, René Clément, Michael Curtiz, and Peter Weir. After him are George A. Romero, Nikita Mikhalkov, Wong Kar-wai, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lasse Hallström, and Erich von Stroheim.

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Among people born in 1910, William Hanna ranks 34Before him are Ludwig Stumpfegger, Michel Aflaq, Samuel Barber, Kurt Meyer, Jean Anouilh, and Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. After him are Joseph Kasa-Vubu, William Shockley, Robert van Gulik, Benzion Netanyahu, Meša Selimović, and Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz. Among people deceased in 2001, William Hanna ranks 28Before him are Douglas Adams, Nikolay Basov, Marie José of Belgium, Clifford Shull, Robert Ludlum, and Dương Văn Minh. After him are Zhang Xueliang, John Lee Hooker, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, Morris, and W. G. Sebald.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Hanna ranks 894 out of 20,380Before him are Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Carole Lombard (1908), John Holmes (1944), Courteney Cox (1964), Leon Uris (1924), and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. (1888). After him are Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Irving Fisher (1867), Magic Johnson (1959), Maya Angelou (1928), George A. Romero (1940), and James Cromwell (1940).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, William Hanna ranks 35Before him are John Huston (1906), Terrence Malick (1943), Jules Dassin (1911), Howard Hawks (1896), Victor Fleming (1889), and Wes Craven (1939). After him are George A. Romero (1940), D. W. Griffith (1875), Michael Cimino (1939), Jonathan Demme (1944), Frances Marion (1888), and Ed Wood (1924).