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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 3,030,371 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. William Hanna is the 96th most popular film director (down from 81st in 2019), the 648th most popular biography from United States (down from 574th in 2019) and the 20th 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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Among film directors, William Hanna ranks 96 out of 1,581Before him are Fred Zinnemann, Andrzej Żuławski, Wolfgang Petersen, Tony Scott, Kenji Mizoguchi, and George A. Romero. After him are Howard Hawks, Walter Hill, Peter Brook, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch, and Sidney Lumet.

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Among people born in 1910, William Hanna ranks 25Before him are Dorothy Hodgkin, Dominique Pire, Chiang Ching-kuo, Kurt Meyer, William Shockley, and Lee Byung-chul. After him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Nathuram Godse, Helenio Herrera, Samuel Barber, and Momofuku Ando. Among people deceased in 2001, William Hanna ranks 21Before him are Iannis Xenakis, Fred Hoyle, Wilhelm Mohnke, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Ernst Gombrich, and Alberto Korda. After him are Robert Ludlum, Marie José of Belgium, Balthus, John Lee Hooker, Dương Văn Minh, and Nguyễn Văn Thiệu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Hanna ranks 648 out of 18,182Before him are John Cazale (1935), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Bill Cosby (1937), Tommy Hilfiger (1951), Anne Rice (1941), and George A. Romero (1940). After him are Billie Jean King (1943), Howard Hawks (1896), Lady Gaga (1986), Don Shirley (1927), Carrie Fisher (1956), and Walter Hill (1942).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, William Hanna ranks 20Before him are Oliver Stone (1946), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Terry Gilliam (1940), Chuck Jones (1912), John Huston (1906), and George A. Romero (1940). After him are Howard Hawks (1896), Walter Hill (1942), Terrence Malick (1943), Jim Jarmusch (1953), Sidney Lumet (1924), and Robert Altman (1925).