Ken Spears’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

March 12, 1938

Death Date

Nov 6, 2020

Age of Death

82 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Brea, California, United States



The animator Ken Spears died at the age of 82. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Animator and producer who gained renown as one of the co-creators of the Scooby Doo franchise with Joe Ruby. He would also go on to co-create the production studio Ruby-Spears Productions alongside his long-time creative partner Joe Ruby and continue producing animation up until his November 2020 death.

He broke into the animation entertainment industry as a sound engineer for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1959. He was a friend of the son of the studio head William Hanna.

He co-produced the Saturday morning cartoons Mister T, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Superman, amongst others, for his Ruby-Spears Productions company. In the 1970s, he and Joe Ruby were put in charge of the Saturday morning cartoon line-ups for CBS and ABC.

He passed away due to complications from Lewy body dementia in 2020.

He was put in charge of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup for CBS and ABC by Fred Silverman.