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Artist, Animator and Animation Director

• Member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences
• Member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences

Employment History:
1940 • Hired as an in-betweener at Warner Bros. Studios
1941 • Assistant animator at Warner Bros. Studios
1942 • Joined the US Army and assigned to the Signal Corps Motion Picture Unit
• Worked on all phases of training films as well as on miniature set-ups for the Signal Corps Motion Picture division
1946 • Animator at Warner Bros.
• Looney Tunes publicity artist
1949
For Scent-imental Reasons (Academy Award winning Short Film)
1953 • First screen credit as an animator: Duck, Rabbit, Duck!
1953-58• Animator for Chuck Jones on cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Coyote and Road Runner, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Pepé Le Pew
• Character layout & story sketch artist for commercials
• Animator for various industrial and commercial works
1958 • Joined UPA Pictures as animation director for 1001 Arabian Nights (Mr. Magoo)
1959 • Returned to Warner Bros. to direct shorts & TV show The Bugs Bunny Show
• As director or co-director: Baton Bunny (co-directed with Chuck Jones), Really Scent, Witch's Tangled Hare, Unnatural History, Lickety Splat (co-directed with Chuck Jones), Nelly's Folly (co-directed with Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble)
• Rejoined UPA as supervising director
• Director for Mr. Magoo shorts and many TV commercials
1960-61 • 130 Mr. Magoo TV shorts & 130 Dick Tracy TV shorts
1962 • Director of one-hour TV special: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
• Director of full-length feature cartoon: Gay Purr-ee
1963 • Director for GE spots featuring Mr. Magoo
1964 • Supervising director for 26 TV shows: Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo
1965 • Joined MGM Animation
• Director of theatrical cartoons with Tom & Jerry
• Produced and directed animation sequences for TV’s Off to See the Wizard
1966 • Producer/director for feature cartoon/live action: Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth
1969-70 • For UPA/N.B.C., the hour long TV special: Uncle Sam Magoo (Christopher Award)
• For A.B.C., co-producer and supervising director of The Curiosity Shop
1971 • For Richard Williams Studio, London, guest artist for A Christmas Carol (Academy Award for Short Subject)
1972 • California Arts Commission Film
1973 • Started Levitow/Hanson Films doing commercials, Sesame Street, and BC: The First Thanksgiving
1974 • International Broadcasters’ Award for Where’s the ACTION? (PSA for the Peace Corps, VISTA & SCORE)
1975 • Died of multiple myeloma at age 52

Education:
• Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, California
• Chouinard Art Institute, LA (4 years)
• Art Center School, Pasadena
• Los Angeles County Art Institute

Teaching:
• Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers: weekly animation class
• Los Angeles County Art Institute: advanced life drawing class