Gary Larson Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 31, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
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About Gary Larson

Gary Larson is a former musician and famous cartoonist from America.
He was awarded the prestigious newspaper panel cartoon award for the cartoon series 'The Far Side.' The cartoon series ended with the retirement of Larson on January 1, 1995.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Gary Larson's net worth?

The net worth of this American cartoonist is $70 million. Most of his net worth can be attributed to his career as a leading cartoonist.

How much does Gary Larson earn per year?

There is no precise information regarding the annual income of the cartoonist. However, he has a massive net worth of $70 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Gary Larson?

Gary Larson is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm ) tall.

How old is Gary Larson?

Gary Larson was born on August 14, 1950. As of 2021, he is 71 years old. His zodiac sign is Leo.

Childhood And Education

Gary Larson was born in Tacoma in Washington. His father's name is Verson, and he was a salesman, and his mother's name is Doris, and she worked as a secretary. He has an older brother whose name is Dan.
He spent his growing up years in Washington. He did his schooling at Curtis Senior High School. He graduated from Washington State University with a communications degree. So Washington State University is his alma mater.
His family had a scary sense of humor, and his brother would use pranks to scare him. Larson wanted to adopt a career in writing commercials, but he started playing jazz guitar with his friend just after his graduation. He even worked in a music store in Washington but soon realized it was not his calling and so he started making cartoons.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Gary Larson's partner?

In 1987, Gary Larson got married to Toni Carmichael. She is a well-known anthropologist. At the start of their relationship, Toni Carmichael was his business manager. They do not have any children.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Gary Larson started his career by working at a music store, and whatever time he had free, he started making cartoons.
In 1976 he made not such mediocre cartoons for Pacific Search magazine, which were appreciated, and thus began his career as a cartoonist.
He has also worked for a newspaper named The Seattle Times. While working with The Seattle Times, his drawing were under the title Nature's Way.
As his cartoons became popular, he planned to sell comic strips to different newspapers. He also approached the San Francisco chronicle. In 1980 San Francisco Chronicle got into a contract with him, and thus the famous cartoon strip 'The Far Side' came up.
In 1998 he published a cover illustration for a book named 'There's A Hair In My Dirt! A Worm's Story'.

Charity Work

He has drawn unique charity cartoons for several charity groups. This has led to the collection of money for different causes.

What awards has Gary Larson won?

The National Cartoonist Society awarded Gary Larson a newspaper panel cartoon award in 1985 and then in 1988. In 1990 and then in 1994, he grabbed the prestigious Reuben Award, which earned him a lot of appreciation.

Gary Larson's Hobbies And Interests

Besides doing cartoons, his other key interest of Larson is the environment. He is an environmentalist who has dedicated time and energy to protecting wildlife. He also played instruments such as guitar and banjo.

Other Interesting Gary Larson Facts And Trivia

A new species of insect named Strigiphilus garylarsoni has been named after Larson. Even a rainforest butterfly got its name after Gary Larson.
He has lent his voice for 'The Simpsons' episode, 'Once Upon A Time In Springfield,' aired in 2010.
He has also taken up assignments related to the sale of 'The Far Side' merchandise.
A Jane Goodall controversy happened, but this was taken lightly by the cartoonist.
The Washington State University graduate Gary Larson has worked for The Seattle Times.

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Toni Carmichael


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