Producer. Born Frederick Clinton Quimby in in Morton, Minnesota, he began his career as a journalist but quickly moved toward the world of film. He managed a movie theater in Missoula, Montana before landing a job at Pathé Studios. He would rise to the position of member of the board of directors before leaving in 1921. After three years as an independent producer, he was hired by 20th Century Fox in 1924. Within three years he moved to MGM where he headed the short features department. In 1939, animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera proposed an animated short featuring a cat and mouse which Quimby approved. The result was 'Puss Gets the Boot,' the debut of Tom and Jerry, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He had initially vetoed further cat and mouse cartoons, until the popularity of the effort was realized. He then approved Tom and Jerry as an official series of the MGM cartoon studio. He maintained a distant relationship with the animators whom he did not understand. Tom and Jerry received seven Academy Award wins for animated shorts from his department, he tacitly accepted all credit, never inviting the animators on stage for the presentation. The series received the Academy Award for best short subjects, cartoons, in 1944, for 'The Yankee Doodle Mouse,' 1945, for 'Mouse Troubles,' 1946 for 'Quiet Please,' 1947 for 'The Cat Concerto,' 1949 for 'The Little Orphan,' 1952 for 'The Two Mouseketeers,' and 1953 for 'Johann Mouse.' For their part, the animators found him humorless and ignorant of animation, he was not involved in the creative process. He was described as a business manager who was less than suitable as a creative department head. The last Tom and Jerry short he produced was 'Good Will to Men' in 1956, after which he retired. He would succumb to heart failure almost a decade later at age 79.
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Gladys T Thompson Quimby