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David H. DePatie Dies: ‘The Pink Panther’ Cartoon Co-Creator & Producer Was 91

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David H. DePatie, the animation producer who, along with partner Friz Freleng created one of the most enduring and recognizable cartoon characters of the last century in the Pink Panther, died Sept.

23 of natural causes in Gig Harbor, WA. He was 91.Showbiz & Media Figures We’ve Lost In 2021 – Photo GalleryHis death was announced in a Seattle Times obituary.In addition to the Pink Panther, which started as part of the main title credits for Blake Edwards’ 1963 heist comedy starring Peter Sellers before spinning off into its own cartoon shorts throughout the ’60s and ’70s,  DePatie-Freleng Enterprises generated such instantly identifiable characters as StarKist Tuna’s Charlie Tuna, the cartoon versions of Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman for the

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