Joseph Barbera (1911 -- 2006)
As a young child, New Yorker Joe Barbera loved drawing, and the bug never left him. In his 20s, he joined the newly formed animation department at MGM Studios and rapidly forged a close friendship with a colleague, William Hanna.
For some 60 years, the two men were to work together, exerting an enduring influence on popular culture with their affectionate cartoon characters and humorous situations. In the late 1950s, they established their own animation production studio, Hanna-Barbera, where they created Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo and Top Cat.
Their fast-moving series played and replayed on television worldwide, and since the 1990s there have been successful live-action feature film versions of The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. Both Hanna, who died in 2001, and Barbera are immortalised in stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.