William Biggers, the co-creator of the 1960's cartoon “Underdog” has died, according to a Feb. 15 Associated Press report. Family friend Derek Tague says the 85-year-old died unexpectedly at his Plymouth, Mass., home on Sunday.
The television cartoonist is best known for “Underdog,” the NBC hit cartoon featuring a “mild-mannered canine shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred.” Fans remain captivated by the phrase, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here.”
After working in the animation business for several years, Biggers later became vice president of promotion and creative services at NBC. He also wrote for various publications, including TV Guide and Family Circle. Also a noted novelist, Biggers wrote “The Man Inside” and “Hold Back the Tide.”
According to Reuters, the Biggers’ family recalls that he “delighted in the enduring appeal of his ‘Underdog' franchise.”
His wife, Grace died in 1989, and he is survived by his longtime companion Nancy Purbeck and two children, daughter Victoria Biggers, and his son, W. Watts Biggers Jr.
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