George Sidney

George Sidney

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 992-997. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Financed and founded Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1944 and was president for 10 years.

First recipient of the DGA president's award, 1998.

His father was a prosperous Broadway producer, his mother and uncle also stage performers. He was a child actor, who appeared in vaudeville but started his film career at MGM as a messenger.

His second wife Jane Robinson was the widow of actor Edward G. Robinson.

President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). [1961-1967]

President of the Screen Directors Guild. [1951-1959]

Son of Hazel Mooney and nephew of the actor George Sidney.

Started at MGM directing the "Our Gang" (Little Rascals) comedies in the early 30s.

Was an innovator who paired live actors like Gene Kelly on screen with animated characters like cartoon mouse Jerry in Anchors Aweigh (1945).