Show Business: The World Jones Made

He has made moviegoers laugh as often and as well as Chaplin or Keaton. His work, which has won three Oscars, is among the best of American film comedy. Yet he has never appeared onscreen, and his name—Charles M. Jones, when a producer wanted him to sound classy, or Chuck Jones, as he now prefers to bill himself—is scarcely known outside the movie business. Jones has spent his nearly 40-year career in the ebullient but usually anonymous medium of the animated cartoon.

His most fruitful years were with Warner Bros, in the '40s and '50s,...

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