Jim Davis (I)

Jim Davis (I)


7/28/1945, Fairmount, Indiana

Birth Name

James Robert Davis


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James Robert Davis was born to a small, country family in Fairmount, Indiana. Raised on a family farm, you would have expected him to be tied down with tedious chores and housework. But that wasn't always the case. Jim, as his friends and family came to know him…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jim celebrated his fiftieth birthday with a toga party.

    • Jim went Jim's favorite condiment is Miracle Whip.

    • Jim cannot resist a jelly doughnut.

    • This man is the writer of Garfield from 1978-present!

    • The Guinness Book of World Records recently named Garfield "The Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World".

    • Jim Davis has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program for his television series Garfield and Friends.

    • Jim Davis received the National Cartoonist Society Elzie Segar Award in the year of 1985.

    • Jim Davis is also the winner of the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for the year of 1989.

    • Jim Davis was the two-time recipient of the National Cartoonist Society Humor Strip Award for the years of 1981 and 1985.

    • The theatrical (and less successful) sequel to the prior 2004 Garfield movie, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, was released in movie theatres on June 16, 2006.

    • Inspired by the past successes of the Garfield television series and comic strip, Garfield: The Movie was released in theaters in the summer of 2004.

    • Also created by Davis and based on his comics, Garfield and Friends was an animated television series that ran from 1988-1994 on CBS.

    • Jim Davis' character Garfield the Cat is named after Jim's grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who in fact was named after President Abram Garfield.

    • As of the year 2007, the successful comic strip, Garfield, has appeared in more than 2,500 newspapers around the globe.

    • With the marriage of Jim and Jill Davis, the family has grown to include two children, Ashley and Chris, one granddaughter, Chloe, and three cats, Link, Spunky, and Spritzy.

    • Because of his first wife, Carolyn's allergies, Jim couldn't have cats in the house, but the couple did own a Labrador retriever, named Molly.

    • Jim Davis has remarried to a woman named Jill, Paws, Inc.'s senior vice president of licensing, who has worked at the company for many years.

    • Jim married Carolyn, a singer and elementary school teacher, for which they have a son named James; the couple has since divorced.

    • As of 2007, Jim Davis resides in Muncie, Indiana, where he and his staff produce Garfield under his company, Paws, Inc., the company he began in 1981.

    • Jim Davis made an appearence in the mid-2000's music video "Lazy Muncie", a parody of the Saturday Night Live video "Lazy Sunday".

    • Jim Davis was also the mind behind the 1980's "barnyard-slapstick comic strip" U.S. Acres, featuring Orson the Pig and friends.

    • On the date of June 19, 1978, Garfield officialy started syndication in forty-one newspapers around the nation; eventualy it would go on to become an internationaly recognized comic strip.

    • Without a blink, Jim's most famed comic strip became a national love, after quickly premiering Garfield the Cat.

    • After Jim's request for syndication of his comic strip Gnorm Gnat got the boot, Jim drew a giant foot that crushed Gnorm, ending the comic strip for good.

    • Jim Davis' first acclaimed comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, ran for five years in the Muskegon Chronicle, a Michigan newspaper, before Jim began the process of getting the comic strip syndicated.

    • Jim Davis became a member of Theta Xi fraternity while being schooled at Ball State.

    • Jim Davis attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

    • Jim Davis' passion for cartooning emerged during the time he normally would be doing housework around the farm, but because of terrible asthma that he suffered, Jim spent many days in bed, drawing cartoons.

    • While growing up on the family farm, Jim reportedly lived among 25 cats.

    • Jim Davis was born to father Jim Davis Sr., mother Betty Davis, and brother, Dave.

    • Jim Davis is of course the creator and mind behind the famous comic strip Garfield.

    • Jim Davis lived and was raised most of his life on a small farm in Indiana.

  • Quotes

    • Jim Davis: In my wildest dreams, I hoped for a Garfield book, and maybe, if I was really lucky, a TV show.

    • Jim Davis: Life is like a Ferrari, it goes too fast. But that's ok, because you can't afford it anyway.

    • Jim Davis: (Speaking on his childhood days where severe asthma limited him from doing what most children his age did) There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.

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