Name at birth: Bradley Jay Anderson
Brad Anderson was an American cartoonist whose most famous work was Marmaduke, a syndicated strip that's been a staple in U.S. newspapers since 1954. Anderson grew up drawing cartoons, a talent he kept up as a Navy mechanic during World War II. He earned a degree at Syracuse University in 1951, and started out in the advertising business. But he soon left his office job for freelance cartooning, first with a strip called Grandpa's Boy (1954-66), and then with Marmaduke. A single-panel cartoon, Marmaduke daily explored the irresistible charms of a destructive Great Dane; at its peak, the comic appeared in more than 600 newspapers. In later years, Anderson was joined in the studio by his son, Paul.
Marmaduke was the basis for a 2010 film starring Owen Wilson (as the voice of Marmaduke).