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'Family Circus' Cartoonist Bil Keane

Dead at 89

11/9/2011 9:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bil Keane, the man behind the iconic comic strip "Family Circus" died yesterday ... he was 89.

"Family Circus" has been in circulation for more than 50 years and is currently featured in roughly 1,500 newspapers.  The single panel strip centers around the antics of four young kids, Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, baby PJ and their parents.

Keane was working right up to the end ... his final "Family Circus" comic is dated October 26th.



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RIP Mr. Keane. "Not me".

1023 days ago

truth hurts    

One of my favorite Sunday Morning funnies! R.I.P.

1023 days ago


Aww sad to hear> I grew up reading his cartoons in the paper. Loved his work. RIP funny man.

1023 days ago


Hopefully there is nobody waiting in the wings to write such lame and unfunny comics. Oh wait there is already the Doonesbury and Born Loser guys.

1022 days ago


I just heard of his passing on an ad for the postal food drive coming up that used one of his comics with "In memory of Bil Keane" next to it.

I'm so sorry he is gone. Family Circus was my favorite comic. I was thrilled when I found comic BOOKS of his comics as a child and sorry when they seemed to cease to be and it was back to only getting to read one of his comics a day in the paper. I love his comics.

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