Joe Ruby Wiki – Biography
Joe Ruby (born Joseph Clemens Ruby) was an American animator, television editor, writer, and producer. He was the co-creator of the iconic cartoon character Scooby-Doo. He began his animation career at Walt Disney Studios in their animation program. He transferred out of the animation department to the Disney editorial department as a music editor.
At Hanna Barbara Editorial, Joe met Ken Spears. They formed a writing partnership and wrote a spec script, which lead to being hired as staff writers at Hanna-Barbara Productions. At H&B, they went on to create the iconic character and TV series, Scooby-Doo.
In 1977, Joe and Ken launched their own animation studio Ruby-Spears Productions. Ruby-Spears produced many hit animated series including Fangface, Thundarr the Barbarian, Mr. T, Plasticman, Chuck Norris and garnered several Emmy Award nominations and a Humanitas Award. Hanna-Barbera’s parent company Taft Entertainment acquired Ruby-Spears in 1981, and its catalog went to Turner Broadcasting in 1991.
After graduating from Fairfax High School, Joe enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War where he served on a destroyer as a sonar operator. After the war, Joe continued to serve in the Marine Reserves.
Joe Ruby Age
He was born on March 30, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He died on August 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He was 87 years old.
Joe Ruby had been married to his wife Carole from 1957 until his death on August 26, 2020.
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Joe Ruby and his wife Carole had 4 children, Cliff Ruby (Elana), Deanna Zevin, Craig Ruby (Flor), Debby Winsberg (Lew).
Joe Ruby Death
Joe died at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. on August 26, 2020, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carole, four children, Cliff Ruby (Elana), Deanna Zevin, Craig Ruby (Flor), Debby Winsberg (Lew) and 10 grandchildren, Carly (Kevin), Zach, Evan (Marie), Hasy, Adam (Ande), Max, Ben, Blake, Sage, and Kate.
Cause of Death
Joe died of natural causes.