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Michael Maltese
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    (February 6, 1908-February 22, 1981)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Screenwriter and storyboard artist for numerous Warner Brothers cartoons
    Worked frequently with Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones
    Worked on various television shows for Hanna-Barbera (1958-70)
    His first job was as a plumber's assistant.
    He intended his job at Warner Brothers to be temporary while waiting for news about a possible opening at Disney.
    He owned a stuffed jackalope.
    When he left Warner Brothers for Hanna-Barbera, he did not say goodbye to any of his co-workers.
    He credited Charlie Chaplin with shaping his comedic sensibility: 'He showed me how close humor is to tragedy.'
    Chuck Jones said he did his best work from Maltese's stories.
    Three Jones-Maltese collaborations were chosen for the National Film Registry as 'culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films': 'What's Opera, Doc,' 'Duck Amuck' and 'One Froggy Evening.'
    In a poll of animation professionals, 'What's Opera, Doc?' and 'Duck Amuck' were named the two greatest cartoons of all time (1994).
    His explanation for the success of Warner Brothers' cartoons: 'We wrote cartoons for grown-ups. That's the secret.'

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