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Overview (5)

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Died in Santa Rosa, California, USA  (colon cancer)
Birth NameCharles Monroe Schulz
Nicknames Sparky
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles M. Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Charles Monroe Schulz. He was a writer and producer, known for The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). He was married to Jeannie Forsyth and Joyce Halverson. He died on February 12, 2000 in Santa Rosa, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jeannie Forsyth (22 September 1973 - 12 February 2000) ( his death)
Joyce Halverson (18 April 1951 - 1972) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trivia (52)

2/12/00: Died in his sleep at about 9:45 pm in Santa Rosa, CA. He was suffering from colon cancer, with which he was diagnosed in November 1999. He also had Parkinson's disease.
He had a clause in his contract with United Features Syndicate that dictated that the "Peanuts" comic strip had to end with his death.
Won the Reuben Award, comic art's highest honor, in 1955 and 1964
1978: Named International Cartoonist of the Year.
1990: Named France's Commander of Arts and Letters, one of that country's highest awards for excellence in the arts.
Reportedly battled depression and anxiety.
World War II veteran.
Named Charlie Brown after an instructor at the art correspondence school he attended and taught at.
The last original Peanuts strip was published on Sunday, February 13, 2000, just hours after Charles Schulz died in his sleep on the evening of Saturday, February 12, 2000.
Originally wanted to name his now-famous strip "Li'l Folks." United Features Syndicate balked at this because there had once been a strip titled "Little Folks." After some brainstorming, a United Features executive came up with the title "Peanuts." Schulz accepted the new title because the first date of publication was fast approaching, but he disliked the title to his dying day. "Peanuts" debuted in seven newspapers on 2 October 1950. It went on to be the most-syndicated strip in history.
Was buried with military honors.
Sons Monte Schulz and Craig Schulz; adoptive daughter Meredith Hodges; biological daughters Jill Schulz and Amy Schulz.
Despite his poor health in later years, he refused to have ghostwriters draw "Peanuts." These strips are notable by the slight shakiness in the lines.
At his burial, four Sopwith Camel biplanes flew overhead in the Missing Man formation.
His comic strips featuring the character Snoopy, in his World War One Flying Ace strips, are credited with reviving interest in WWI aircraft, especially the Sopwith Camel, which Snoopy pretended to fly.
Was a .50-caliber machine gunner in World War II. He forgot to load the thing during the one time he actually had the opportunity to use it; fortunately the German soldier he ran into surrendered.
Of German and Norwegian descent.
As a youth, he had a drawing of his dog appear in Ripley's Believe It or Not (1949).
Owned a dog (a mutt) named Spike.
5/27/00: Nearly 100 syndicated cartoonists created special Peanuts-themed comics as a lasting memorial to him, as creator of the enduring and beloved strip.
Was the only child of Carl and Dena Schulz of St. Paul, Minnesota. His father owned a barbershop in St. Paul. His mother died of cancer in 1943.
Attended Richards Gordon Elementary School and St. Paul Central High School. Later, he enrolled in an extension class for cartooning with the University of Minnesota.
"Li'l Folks" (later "Peanuts") originally ran in the women's section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The four original "Peanuts" characters were Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Patty (not Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt), and Shermy.
His nickname, Sparky, comes from the horse in "Barney Google."
His studio in Santa Rosa was One Snoopy Place.
At the peak of his popularity, "Peanuts" captured as many as 355 million readers, and he was earning from US$30 to US$40 million a year.
Biography/bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 342-354. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Biography in "American National Biography," Supplement 1, pp. 548-550. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Schulz liked to play hockey, which is why hockey and skating were occasionally featured in both the comic strip and the animated programs.
The never seen character of the "Little Red-Haired Girl" that Charlie Brown has a crush on was based on a girl Schulz knew in his youth, who turned him down when he asked her for a date.
Was struggling to come up with the name for a new character when he happened to see a bowl of candy, and decided on "Peppermint Patty."
He was promoted a couple of grades when he was in school, and this was the cause of his depression and anxiety; the older kids who were now his classmates were constantly teasing him because of his small size, which also fostered a deep competitive streak in him.
Prior to his health in decline, Schultz used to play in a senior men's hockey league.
Schulz was the grand marshal of the 1973 Rose Bowl Parade.
When Mad Magazine parodied Schulz's book, "Happiness is a Warm Puppy", with their article, "Being Rich is Better than a Warm Puppy", Schulz canceled his subscription.
No adults ever appeared in Peanuts with the exceptions of the last two Veterans Day strips in the series run, which were dedicated to his fellow infantry men.
When Schulz created his first black character, Franklin, in 1968, Time Magazine commented, "It is encouraging to see that even the world of Charlie Brown is not color-blind.".
Schulz was invited to appear at the 1989 San Diego Comic-Con, but declined at the last minute.
Schulz's father was a barber. He made a tribute to his father by having Charlie Brown's father be a barber, too.
In the early 1970s, Schulz had an extra-marital affair with an unnamed woman. He allegedly made a homage to the woman by having Snoopy begin seeing a female beagle with soft paws.
Contrary to popular belief, Schulz's chief character, Charlie Brown, is not bald. Schulz insisted that Charlie Brown's hair is blond, but the hair is so light that it is almost transparent.
In his youth was a huge fan of the "Amos and Andy" radio show.
Felt that Charlie Brown was the most difficult Peanuts character to draw.
Charlie Brown first appeared, though unnamed, in Schulz' "Lil Folks" and Saturday Evening Post cartoons in 1947.
His favorite movie was Citizen Kane (1941). He incorporated many references to the film in his strips over the years.
60 Minutes (1968) interviewed Schulz right before "Peanuts" ended its run. During the interview, Schulz noted that people often called him Sparky, but never Charlie.
Had an ice rink and a tennis court built a block away from his work studio in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Like his character Spike, Schulz lived for a time in Needles, Calif., when he was an infant.
A month after his death, the board of supervisors in Sonoma County, California (where Schulz had lived since 1969) voted to change the name of their commercial airport to "Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport" (baggage code STS). The airport added a statue of "World War I Flying Ace Snoopy" in 2007, and a statue of "World Traveler Lucy" in 2010.
In honor of his love of hockey, the board of supervisors in Ramsey County, Minnesota voted to change the name of the Highland Park Ice Arena in Saint Paul to the "Charles M. Schulz - Highland Arena" in 1998.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 28, 1996.
Following his death, he was interred at Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California.

Personal Quotes (15)

It seems beyond the comprehension of people that someone can be born to draw comic strips, but I think I was.
Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.
A good education is the next best thing to a pushy mother.
I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from.
Some of my best ideas have come from a mood of sadness, rather than a feeling of well-being.
Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.
Cartooning is a fairly sort of a proposition. You have to be fairly intelligent - if you were really intelligent, you'd have to be doing something else. You have to draw fairly well well - if you drew really well you'd be a painter. You have to write fairly well - if you wrote really well you'be writing books. It's great for a fairly person like me.
Snoopy's not a real dog of course - he's an image of what people would like a dog to be. But he has his origins in Spike, my dog I had when I was a kid. White with black spots. He was the wildest and smartest dog I've ever encountered. Smart? Why he had a vocabulary of at least 50 words, I mean it. I'd tell him to go to the basement and bring up a potato and he'd do it.
I want to keep the strip simple. I like it, for example, when Charlie Brown watches the first leaf of fall float down and then walks over and just says 'Did you have a good summer?'
[on his favorite strip]: That was the one where the kids are looking at the clouds and Linus says 'See that one cloud over there? It sort of looks like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous portrait painter. And that other group over there - that looks as though it could be a map of British Honduras. And then do you see that large group of clouds up there? I see the stoning of Stephen. Over to the side I can see the figure of the apostle Paul standing'. Then Lucy says, 'That's very good, Linus. It shows you have quite a good imagination. What do you see in the clouds , Charlie Brown?' And Charlie says, 'Well I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsey but I've changed my mind.
I think Snoopy is the easiest of the characters to draw and probably the most fun. Snoopy represents the dream of a lot of people who would like to be a club champion or to be a world-famous flying ace. But there's another quality about Snoopy that I think makes the whole thing work. This is a quality of innocence combined with a little bit of egotism. You put those qualities together, and I think you have trouble, especially with Snoopy.
I sometimes wonder when Lucy is staring back at me from the comic strip what she might be thinking. But Lucy's a lot of fun to draw. I like giving her those wild expressions of anger and terror and anxiety that she often expresses. She's fun to work with because she has this violence within her. Lucy's kind of a composite of all the fussbudgets I've known in the world...both men and women.
As for Linus...one day I drew this funny little character with funny hair, and I thought he might be a good little brother for Lucy. So that's how Linus got started. Linus is a lot of fun to draw. He is very flexible, especially his hair, and it's fun to draw wild expressions on Linus...like when Lucy is yelling at him. I'm very proud of the overall character of Linus. I think he's the most well-rounded individual in the group.
I think any sensible person with a grasp of history would have to admit that D-Day was the most important day of our century. Without D-Day, it's possible that Europe could have remained for another 25 or 50 years in darkness. I'm glad I wasn't there, and yet my admiration for the people who were knows no bounds.

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