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Date of Birth 15 November 1916Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Date of Death 2 September 2008Santa Monica, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameJosé Cuauhtémoc Meléndez

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Bill Melendez was born on November 15, 1916 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico as José Cuauhtémoc Meléndez. He is known for his work on A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). He was married to Helen Antionette Huhn. He died on September 2, 2008 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

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Helen Antionette Huhn (1 September 1940 - 2 September 2008) (his death) (2 children)

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With Lee Mendelson, Melendez produced, directed, or animated about 70 Peanuts television specials, four movies, and hundreds of commercials. He was also the voice of Snoopy.
He met Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz in 1959 when he was making Ford Motor television commercials featuring the Peanuts characters. Melendez became the only artist Schulz authorized to animate the characters.
After working at Walt Disney Studios, he joined Warner Brothers in the 1940s, where he worked on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig cartoons.
His family moved from Mexico to Arizona in 1928, and then to Los Angeles, where Melendez attended the Chouinard Art Institute.
A professional animator for almost seven decades, his career began in 1938 when he was hired by Walt Disney Studios. He worked on classic feature films such as Fantasia (1940) and Pinocchio (1940), as well as Mickey Mouse cartoons.
Being credited in 53 Peanuts related cartoons as the voice of Snoopy, he was the only actor to reprise his original role more times than any other voice actor in a Peanuts related cartoon.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7201 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 2, 2015.
Had two sons with his wife Helen Huhn: Steven Cuitlahuac Melendez and Rodrigo Cuauhtémoc Melendez (DOB: October 23, 1943), a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.

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