Best known for his work on the popular Tom and Jerry cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, this animator began his association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's cartoon studio in the late 1930s.
During the 1930s, he began working for Harman-Ising, a cartoon studio that was subsequently absorbed by MGM.
He worked on a 1944 George Gordon-directed cartoon titled Innertube Antics.
Born in San Jose and raised in Bakersfield, California, he grew up with five brothers and sisters. In 1939, he married Alice Davis.
Throughout much of his career, he collaborated with fellow animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.