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Bil Keane Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
William Aloysius Keane
Place Of Birth
Philadelphia, USA
31 years old
Birth Date
October 5 1992

Bil Keane Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Northeast Catholic High School
Net Worth
Current Partner
Thelma Carne
Chris Keane, Gayle Keane, Neal Keane, Glen Keane, Jeff Keane

About Bil Keane 

William A. Keane is the birth name of Bil Keane.

Bil Keane was born in October 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the USA. During World War II, he served in the US Army and made the infamous 'At Ease With The Japanese' cartoon.

The American cartoonist Bil is renowned for his comic piece 'The Family Circus' in the newspaper. It started in 1960, and now Jeff Keane (Bil's son) is continuing the syndication. The Family Circus cartoonist is the reason for the syndicated series.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present."- Bil Keane; "Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart." - Bil Keane; are a few of Bil's famous quotes.

Bil Keane's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Bil Keane's net worth?

The net worth of the popular cartoonist Bil Keane is estimated to be around $1.5 million.

How much did Bil Keane earn per year?

The cartoonist Bil Keane's annual income is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Bil Keane?

Details regarding the physical attributes of Bil Keane are unknown.

How old was Bil Keane?

Born in October 1922, Bil Keane was 89 years old when he died on November 8, 2011, in Paradise Valley.

Childhood And Education

October 5, 1922, is the birthdate of Bil Keane, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went to Northeast Catholic High School. Kean's life as a cartoonist started when as a schoolboy, he started to mimic the cartoons of 'The New Yorker.' In 1936, the first cartoon of Bil's was published in the 'Philadelphia Daily News.' Nothing much is known about Bil's parents, siblings, or childhood. The comic piece 'Family Circus' creator died at his Paradise Valley residence in 2011.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Bil Keane's partner?

Bil, in 1948, got hitched to Thelma Carne. The couple had five children in the family: Chris Keane, Gayle Keane, Neal Keane, Glen Keane (animator), and Jeff Keane (cartoonist). Jeff Keane is now carrying forth the legacy of 'Family Circus.'

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Bil Keane, the most popular American cartoonist, is best known for the comic panel 'The Family Circus', which was created in 1960 and is currently handled by Bel's son Jeff Keane. 'Where Did the Summer Go?', 'What Does This Say?', 'Hello, Grandma?', and 'Who Invented Rain?' are some of the comic books penned by Bil. Keane served in the US Army from 1942-1945 and created the famous 'At Ease With The Japanese.'

What awards did Bil Keane win?

Bil has won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Syndicated Panel on four occasions. In 2002, he received Silver T-Square Award from the National Cartoonist's Society. Bil has earned awards like The artists of Arizona, Reuben Award, Inkpot prize, Philadelphia artists, and American cartoonists.

Other Interesting Bil Keane Facts And Trivia

  • He worked as a cartoonist during World War II, like Bill Mauldin, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • Bil's wife, Thelma Keane, inspired the creation of the mommy character in the 'Family circus'.
  • Bil and Erma Bombeck produced sketches for her book 'Just Wait Until You Have Children of Your Own!'.

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