Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez

Age
91 (passed away Sep. 2nd, 2008)
Birthday
Nov. 15th, 1916
Born in
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Height

Bill Melendez's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
A Charlie Brown Christmas TV Show
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving TV Show
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Boy Named Charlie Brown TV Show
A Boy Named Charlie Brown
A Charlie Brown Valentine TV Show
A Charlie Brown Valentine
A Charlie Brown Celebration TV Show
A Charlie Brown Celebration
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show TV Show
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Charlie Brown's All-Stars TV Show
Charlie Brown's All-Stars
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's Magic, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's Magic, Charlie Brown
Why, Charlie Brown, Why? TV Show
Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown TV Show
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
You're in Love, Charlie Brown TV Show
You're in Love, Charlie Brown
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown TV Show
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
This Is America Charlie Brown TV Show
This Is America Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales TV Show
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown TV Show
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown TV Show
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz TV Show
Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! TV Show
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown TV Show
There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown
It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown TV Show
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown TV Show
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown TV Show
Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown TV Show
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown TV Show
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown TV Show
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown
Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown TV Show
Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown TV Show
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
Snoopy's Reunion TV Show
Snoopy's Reunion
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? TV Show
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?
Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? TV Show
Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown
Play It Again, Charlie Brown TV Show
Play It Again, Charlie Brown
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown! TV Show
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown!
It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! TV Show
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown!
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown TV Show
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown
Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown TV Show
Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown TV Show
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown! TV Show
You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown!
It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown TV Show
It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown
Snoopy: The Musical TV Show
Snoopy: The Musical
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Date of Death
2 September 2008, Santa Monica, California, USA (natural causes)


Birth Name
José Cuauhtémoc Melendez


Spouse
Helen Huhn (1940 - 2 September 2008) (his death) 2 children


José Cuauhtémoc "Bill" Meléndez (November 15, 1916 – September 2, 2008) was a Mexican-American character animator, film director, voice artist and producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers, UPA and the Peanuts series. Melendez provided the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock in the latter as well.

Early life
A native of the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Melendez was educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, Arizona. At 12 years old, he was put into a kindergarten class because of his lack of skills in math, reading, and English. Later in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute (which would later become California Institute of the Arts).

UPA and commercial animation work
When the number of animation units at Warner Bros. was reduced from four to three in 1948, Melendez, after being moved to Robert McKimson's unit for a time, moved over to United Productions of America (UPA) where he animated on cartoons such as Gerald McBoing-Boing. Melendez also produced and directed thousands of television commercials, first at UPA, then Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Productions. In 1963, Melendez founded his own studio in the basement of his Hollywood home. Bill Melendez Productions is still active and is currently run by his son Steven Melendez. In addition to animation, Melendez was once a faculty member at the University of Southern California's Cinema Arts Department.

He is parodied in the online cartoon Homestar Runner.

Mr. Melendez passed away from natural causes on Sept. 2, 2008, two and a half months before his 92nd birthday, in Santa Monica. He was survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen, his two sons Steven Melendez and Rodrigo Melendez (a retired US Navy Rear Admiral), his six grandchildren and his 11 great-grandchildren.

Other work
In addition to producing Peanuts specials, Bill Melendez, as well as Lee Mendelson, has also produced specials for the comic strip Garfield.

Here Comes Garfield (producer)
Garfield on the Town (producer)

Related companies
Melendez Films – Animation division : United Kingdom, video and interactive entertainment



TRIVIA:
  • He met "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz in 1959 when he was making Ford Motor TV commercials featuring the Peanuts characters. Melendez became the only artist Schulz authorized to animate the characters.
  • After working at Disney, he joined Warner Brothers in the 1940s, where he worked on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig cartoons.
  • With Lee Mendelson, Melendez produced, directed, or animated about 70 "Peanuts" TV specials, four movies, and hundreds of commercials. He was also the "voice" of Snoopy.
  • His family moved from Mexico to Arizona in 1928, and then to Los Angeles, where Melendez attended the Chouinard Art Institute.
  • A professional animator for almost seven decades, his career began in 1938 when he was hired by Walt Disney Studios. He worked on classic feature films such as "Fantasia" and "Pinocchio", as well as Mickey Mouse cartoons.


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