Bells Are Ringing in Heaven
Earl was a writer, an actor, a producer, a puppeteer, a voice artist and an animation historian. More importantly, he was a loving husband, son, brother, stepfather, grandfather and friend. Earl spent his entire career entertaining kids of all ages. He relocated to the Los Angeles area in 1976 from his home in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where he began his career as a writer/entertainer. He spent three and a half decades in the entertainment industry and his writing knew no bounds. He wrote for feature animated films, television animation, comic books and more. He won two Emmy awards and several nominations for writing on Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs as well as an Annie Award and a Prism Award. He was most proud of his writing of the last Road Runner theatrical short, Little Go Beep. Earl’s most recent animated project, the Direct-to-DVD movie Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, was released in 2010. He ghosted a book for Yogi Bear, Life is a Pic-a-Nic that was released to tie-in with the recent movie.
Earl’s body of work speaks volumes for his success as a writer but it has been the outpouring of love that accompanied the news of his early passing at the age of 60 from cancer that confirms what those close to him have always known. He was loved by all who had the very good fortune to know him.
Earl leaves behind his beloved wife, Denise, his stepchildren Ryan, Katy and Megan, his two grandchildren Matthew and Samantha, as well as his mother Sylvia, his sister Elise and a large, extended family of close and loyal friends.
Services were held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on September 23rd,, 2011. His three “best men” – Rick Greene, Mark Evanier and Bob Elyea read passages from “The Story of Earl.” It was an extraordinarily good read.
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