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Mr. Magoo celebrates 60 years

by Matthew Price Published: September 29, 2009

Cartoon character Mr. Magoo marks 60 years of adventures today.

Mr. Magoo has starred in Academy Award-winning theatrical shorts, three hit television series, the first ever animated holiday TV special and a live action movie.

Here are more fun facts about Mr. Magoo:

- United Productions of America (UPA) first introduced Quincy Magoo in the 1949 animated short, “Ragtime Bear.”

- Mr. Magoo made his comic-book debut in 1952, and starred in a dozen issues from Dell Comics.

- Mr. Magoo’s voice was created by Jim Backus (“Gilligan’s Island”), who portrayed Magoo for more than 30 years.

- UPA produced 52 Mr. Magoo theatrical shorts.  Four were nominated for Academy Awards, and two won: When Magoo Flew (1955) and Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (1956).

- Leslie Nielsen played Mr. Magoo in the 1997 live-action film.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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