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Bill Melendez (1916)

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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
His father named General Ramon Melendez, a military soldier, originally named him Cuauthemoc Melendez, but had a big fight with his priest, and his mother agreed with the priest, that didn't like the name Cuauthemoc. A native of the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Melendez was educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, Arizona. and had good grades. Later in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute .

Melendez died from natural causes on September 2, 2008, two and a half months before his 92nd birthday, in Santa Monica, California. He was survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Helen Huhn, his two sons Steven Cuitlahuac and Rodrigo Cuauhtémoc -a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, six grandchildren and 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
  • Garfield on the Town

Subsequent Garfield specials were produced by Film Roman, who also produced Garfield and Friends.

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