Friz Freleng biography

Friz Freleng

Animator, TV Program Creator

1905 – 1995


Who was Friz Freleng?

Isadore "Friz" Freleng, often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros.

He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam and Speedy Gonzales. The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio, and is also the most honored of the Warner directors, having won four Academy Awards. After Warners shut down the animation studio in 1963, Freleng and business partner David H. DePatie founded DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which produced cartoons, feature film title sequences, and Saturday morning cartoons through the early 1980s.

The nickname "Friz" came from his friend Hugh Harman, who initially nicknamed him "Congressman Frizby" after a fictional senator that was in articles in the Los Angeles Examiner. Over time this shortened to "Friz".


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Aug 21, 1905
Kansas City
Also known as
  • Isadore Freleng
  • Friz
  • I. Freleng
  • F. Freleng
  • Isadore 'Friz' Freleng
  • Yosemite Friz
  • Congressman Frizby
  • Jewish American
  • United States of America
May 26, 1995
Los Angeles
Resting place
Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery

on July 23, 2013