Ken Harris
General information
Born: Karyl Ross Harris
July 31, 1898
Tulare County, California
Died: March 24, 1982 (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death: Parkinson's Disease
Alternate names:
Years active: 1927 - 1982

Karyl Ross "Ken" Harris (July 31, 1898 - March 24, 1982) was an American animator best known for his work at Warner Bros. Not much is known about his early life, including the city he was born in. Before he worked in animation, he sold cars during the Great Depression. Tired of his job, he looked constantly for a job animating cartoons.[1] Eventually, he landed at Romer Grey Studios unpaid for a few years, then switched over to Warner Bros. Cartoons studios. Harris is best known for being a long-time animator under Chuck Jones' unit since Jones' first cartoon as director in 1938 "The Night Watchman" and stayed with him through his 1960s Tom and Jerry cartoons. Before Jones began directing, Harris worked on animating two Friz Freleng cartoons, "Streamlined Greta Green" and "The Lyin' Mouse", as well as one Frank Tashlin cartoon, "Have You Got Any Castles?" Harris directed his own cartoon in 1959, "Hare-abian Nights", which was a "cheater" starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam.


  • He owned a total of 120 cars in his lifetime.
  • Was an avid tennis player and would go play at the courts in North Hollywood after his animation footage was done for the week.


Looney Works


  1. Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of American Animation p. 92-93
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