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Born in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA
Died in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA  (coronary thrombosis)
Birth NameFrancis Fredrick von Taschlein
Nickname Tish
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse (3)

Jean Deines (January 1967 - 1969) ( 1 child)
Mary Costa (30 June 1953 - 1966) ( divorced)
Dorothy Marguerite Hill (24 October 1936 - 1952) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

His cartoons featured quick editing, wild and outrageous gags, and extremely odd angles

Trivia (14)

One of the few directors to successfully make the transition from animation to live-action. One critic noted that he directed his cartoons like live-action films and his live-action films like cartoons.
Wrote and illustrated four children's books from 1946-52: "The Bear That Wasn't", "The Possum That Didn't", "The World That Isn't" and "The Turtle That Couldn't".
His book "The Bear That Wasn't" was turned into an animated cartoon at MGM studios in 1967 (The Bear That Wasn't (1967)) by veteran cartoon director Chuck Jones. Jones and Tashlin were acquaintances from the Warner Bros. animation studio in the 1930s and 1940s.
Worked as a gag writer for comedian Charley Chase at the Hal Roach Studio in the mid-1930s.
He was 6' 2" and weighed nearly 300 pounds.
Introduced cinematic techniques to the animated cartoon, such as odd camera angles, montage and quickly paced editing (some shots lasting only five frames long).
Wrote and drew a syndicated comic strip between 1934-38 based on his old boss from the Van Beuren animation studio, producer Amadee J. Van Beuren, called "Van Boring.".
While directing Bing Crosby in Say One for Me (1959), Bing mentioned to Tashlin how much he hated how he was caricatured in the Warner Bros. cartoon Swooner Crooner (1944). Tashlin laughed, and told Bing that not only did he direct that cartoon, he also animated the caricature in it!
Began drawing comic strips for his junior high school newspaper in Astoria, Queens, NY, starting in 1927.
His first job was running errands for Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer at their studio in New York City's Times Square.
Moved to Los Angeles in 1933 and began working for Leon Schlesinger at Warner Brothers on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series.
From 1939-41 he worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios, although he never got screen credit for any of the work he did.
According to Tashlin, he was fired from his animator job at Warner Brothers in 1936 when producer Leon Schlesinger discovered that Tashlin was also drawing a successful daily comic strip, "Van Boring," that was running in the Los Angeles Times. Schlesinger demanded a cut of Tashlin's profits from the comic strip, Tashlin refused, and Schlesinger fired him.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on Jerry Lewis]: Jerry is my best friend - I know if ever I were in any need, all I'd have to do is make a phone call. Sometimes, on a professional basis, he's exasperating, but anyone who's talented is.
[on Orson Welles, 1962]: I think Welles is great. There are no better pictures than "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons". A few years ago, when I was working over at RKO, I saw the footage he had shot for that South American picture he never finished, "It's All True". A lot of it was in color. I don't know, I must've sat there maybe ten hours, and I just can't describe it to you. It was like nothing I've ever seen. Fantastic.
[on Tony Randall, 1965]: Randall takes direction beautifully. He filters it through his own mechanism. Some comedians imitate their directors. When you're working with Tony, you feel like a ballet master. His technique is as clean as a chess game. His control is beautiful to watch - an acting lesson for anyone interested in the art of acting.
[on Robert Morley, 1965]: The dialogue he has come up with! He hasn't said one word as written - thank God! Because this man can sneeze better dialogue than was written.

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