Entrepreneur and artist known as the owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids series of children's dolls.
He created his first line of dolls, which he called Little People, in the late 1970's.
More than ninety-five million of his Cabbage Patch Kids were sold by 1999.
His father died in a car accident when he was five years old. He was influenced to experiment with quilted dolls by his mother, who quilted often.
He and Mattel co-founder Eliott Handler are responsible for some of the world's best-selling children's dolls.