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Ken Spears, Co-Creator Of “Scooby-Doo” Dies At 82

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Ken Spears, “Scooby-Doo” co-creator is dead. Ken was also co-founder of Ruby-Spears Productions along with the late Joe Ruby. He died on Friday 8th November at age 82.

Kevin Spears, Spears’ son, told Variety that he died from complications related to Lewy body dementia.

“Ken will forever be remembered for his wit, his story-telling, his loyalty to family, and his strong work ethic. Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of ‘Scooby-Doo.’ He has been a role model for us throughout his life and he will continue to live on in our hearts.” Kevin Spears says.


Born Charles Kenneth Spears on March 12, 1938. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. Hanna-Barbera Productions employed Spears in 1959 as a sound editor. There, he met Joe Ruby, While working in the editing department, and the two began a fruitful writing partnership. In 1977, Spears and Ruby created their own studio, Ruby-Spears Productions.

Ken Spears, Co-Creator Of “Scooby-Doo” Dies At 82Furthermore, Spears and Ruby created beloved animated shows like “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” “Dynomutt,” “Dog Wonder” and “Jabberjaw” for Hanna-Barbera.  In addition, they created “The Barkleys” and “The Houndcats” for DePatie-Freleng.They also produced several animated series, including “Superman,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Fangface,” “Mister T,” “The Plastic Man comedy-adventure Hour,” “Thundarr the Barbarian” and “Saturday Supercade.”


Meanwhile, Taft Entertainment, the parent company of Hanna-Barbera purchased Ruby-Spears Productions in 1981. However, in 1991, they sold their catalogue along with that of Hanna-Barbera to Turner Broadcasting.   Ruby died on 26th August 2020 at the age of 87 from natural causes in Westlake Village, California, according to Variety.

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“Warner Bros. Animation is saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Spears and we send our warmest thoughts to his loved ones. He was a true innovator in the industry whose gifts of humor and storytelling continue to delight audiences. You cannot find a screen in the world that has not played a version of Scooby-Doo. We continue to be inspired by his work at Warner Bros. Animation and are honored to carry on the legacy of his beloved characters.” Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, said in a statement.


He is survived by his two sons, Kevin and Chris; their wives, his five grandchildren, and his three great-grandchildren.


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