Cartoonist whose famously sarcastic cat, Garfield, first appeared in 1978. His other works include Gnorm Gnat and Tumbleweeds.
He grew up on a small farm in Indiana with his parents, brother, and twenty-five cats.
He established the Professor Garfield Foundation to promote children's literacy.
He and his wife, Jill, were married in 2000 and had three children together. Previously, he was married to Carolyn Altekruse, with whom he had one son.
Fellow cartoonist Charles Schulz had very little regard for Davis' Garfield comic strip.