- Thomas McKimson
name = Thomas Jacob "Tom" McKimson
birth_date = birth date|1907|3|5|mf=y
death_date = death date and age|1998|2|14|1907|3|5|mf=y
West Los Angeles, California
Animator Comic bookartist
spouse = Ernestine
children = Wendy, Vicky and Timothy
Thomas Jacob "Tom" McKimson (
March 5, 1907- February 14, 1998) was an American animator, best known for his work at Warner Bros.studio. He was the older brother of animators Robert and Charles McKimson.
McKimson was born in Denver, Colorado, but relocated to
Los Angeleswith his family in the 1920s. He began his career in animation in 1928, when he joined the Walt Disney Studio, becoming an assistant to animator Norman Ferguson. He left Disney in the early 1930s to work briefly for Romer Grey Studios, then joined Harmon-Ising Studios around 1932. After Harman and Ising left Warner Bros. Animation for MGM, McKimson became a member of Bob Clampett's animation unit, where he is credited with the original design for Tweety Bird. McKimson also provided animation for Bob McKimson and Arthur Davis's units.
During his time at Warner Bros., McKimson also worked for
Dell Comics, providing illustrations for the Bugs Bunnyand Road Runner comic books. McKimson also illustrated the Roy Rogersdaily comic strip from 1949 to 1953 in collaboration with his brother Charles and artist Pete Alvarado, using the collective pseudonym "Al McKimson." [ [http://lambiek.net/artists/m/mckimson_tom.htm] "Tom McKimson." Lambiek.net website. Last accessed 03/28/2007.] [ [http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=7063] "Pete Alvarado." Comic Book DB website. Last accessed 03/30/2007/] He left Warners in 1947 to become art director for Dell's parent company Western Publishing, where he remained until his retirement in 1972.
McKimson died on Valentine's Day, 1998 in West Los Angeles at the age of 92.
* [http://lambiek.net/artists/m/mckimson_tom.htm Thomas McKimson at the Comiclopedia]
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