McManus, George, 1884-1954

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1884-01-23
Death 1954-10-22
Gender:
Male
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

McManus was born in St. Louis, MO, on Jan. 23, 1884; at the age of 15 he became a cartoonist first for the St. Louis republic, and then for the Post-dispatch; moved to the New York world in 1904, and the New York american in 1912, where he created the comic strips Rosie's beau and his most famous strip, Bringing up father, which began in 1913; it became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world; a play based on Bringing up father toured the country in the 1920s, and radio programs were based on the strip; 11 films based on the strip were made, with McManus appearing in four of them; the first of 28 annual editions of Bringing up father in book form sold more than 1.5 million copies in 1915; McManus made his home in Southern CA after 1929; appeared on radio and television programs and was in demand as an after-dinner speaker; received many honors, including the American Red Cross meritorious service award; died in Santa Monica, CA, on Oct. 22, 1954.

From the description of Papers, 1912-1954. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38963089

Biography

McManus was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 23, 1884; at the age of 15 he became a cartoonist first for the St. Louis Republic, and then for the Post-Dispatch ; moved to the New York World in 1904, and the New York American in 1912, where he created the comic strips Rosie's Beau and his most famous strip, Bringing up Father, which began in 1913; it became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world; a play based on Bringing up Father toured the country in the 1920s, and radio programs were based on the strip; 11 films based on the strip were made, with McManus appearing in four of them; the first of 28 annual editions of Bringing up father in book form sold more than 1.5 million copies in 1915; McManus made his home in Southern California after 1929; appeared on radio and television programs and was in demand as an after-dinner speaker; received many honors, including the American Red Cross meritorious service award; died in Santa Monica, California, on October 22, 1954.

From the guide to the George McManus papers, 1912-1954, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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  • Cartoonists--Archival resources
  • Comic books, strips, etc.--History and criticism

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  • Cartoonists--United States--Archival resources

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