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Ken Spears, co-creator of Scooby Doo, dies … months after the death of his animation partner Joe Ruby


Ken Coears, co-creator of Scooby-Doo, has died at the age of 82.

His death comes less than three months after the death of his animation partner Joe Ruby.

His son Kevin Spears announced that his father passed away on Friday from complications related to Lewy dementia, Variety said.

Ken and Joe were the thought leaders behind Scooby-Doo, Where Are You ?, which was founded in 1969.

RIP: Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears has died at the age of 82.

He said of his father, "Ken will be forever remembered for his wit, storytelling, family loyalty and strong work ethic," he told Variety.

& # 39; Ken not only made a lasting impression on his family, he also touched the lives of many as a co-creator of Scooby-Doo. Ken has been a role animal to us all his life and he will continue to live in our hearts. & # 39;

Ken is survived by sons Kevin and Chris, their wives, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, according to Variety.

Joe died of natural causes in Westlake Village, California on August 26, 2020, aged 87, according to Variety.

Ken and Joe create the animated series Scooby-Doo and the founders of Ruby-Spears Productions.

Ken was born Charles Kenneth Spears on March 12, 1938 and grew up in Los Angeles.

Genius: Ken and Joe were the thought leaders behind Scooby-Doo, Where Are You ?, which was founded in 1969

Genius: Ken and Joe were the thought leaders behind Scooby-Doo, Where Are You ?, which was founded in 1969

In August: His death comes less than three months after the death of his animation partner Joe Ruby (pictured)

In August: His death comes less than three months after the death of his animation partner Joe Ruby (pictured)

He befriended the son of William Hanna, an animation producer; In 1959 he was hired as a sound editor at Hanna's company Hanna-Barbera Productions.

During his time at the production company, Ken met Joe Ruby and began not only a friendship but also a writing partnership for Variety.

The two wrote television plays for Hanna-Barbera, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and Sid and Marty Krofft Television Productions.

They created Scooby-Doo, which is about a Great Dane and his human friends solving crimes using supernatural elements. The animated show was created in 1969.

The Friends: You created Scooby-Doo, which is about a Great Dane and his human friends who solve crimes with supernatural elements. The animated show was created in 1969

The Pals: You created Scooby-Doo, which is about a Great Dane and his human friends who solve crimes with supernatural elements. The animated show was created in 1969

They also created the animated series Dynomutt, Dog Wonder and Jabberjaw for Hanna-Barbera, and The Barkleys and The Houndcats for DePatie-Freleng.

In the 1970s, they were hired by the President of the Children's Programming Network, Fred Silverman, to oversee the cartoon series for CBS on Saturday morning for CBS.

When Fred moved to ABC, the duo followed suit.

Ken also served as a story consultant for the 1974 TV series Planet of the Apes.

In 1977 Ken and Joe founded Ruby-Spears Productions where they produced Fangface, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman, Mister T, Thundarr the Barbarian, Saturday Supercade, and The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour.

In 1981 Hanna-Barbera's parent company, Taft Entertainment, bought Ruby-Spears Productions. Ten years later, her catalog and that of Hanna-Barbera were sold to Turner Broadcasting.

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