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Fred Quimby

Fred Quimby

D.O.B.: November 14, 1883

D.O.D.: September 16, 1965 (Santa Monica, CA)

Cause of Death:

Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Court of Freedom, Lot #4265

Biographical Notes:

Fred Quimby, producer for not only Tom and Jerry but the entire MGM cartoon divisions.

Common belief on the main lot was that Quimby had won his producer's title due to long years of service as a top salesman in New York, from whence he came. Indeed, he knew nothing of animation and , as Irv Spence recalls, cartoons "were a strange thing to him."

But under his stewardship, Tom and Jerry sailed along like a flagship on a balmy sea. Not burdened with the need to deal directly with the cantankerous corporate minds in the administration arena, Hanna and Barbera were free to exercise the creativity that made Tom and Jerry the "Gold Dust Twins" of MGM.

After 18 years at the helm of the Cartoon Department, Quimby retired, and here was where the storm clouds began to glimmer.

 

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