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|Born||Alfred R. Kilgore
December 19, 1927
Newark, New Jersey, USA
|Died||August 15, 1983
New York, USA
|Awards||National Cartoonists Society – Special Features Award
1983 Elvis the Paper Doll Book
Alfred R. Kilgore (December 19, 1927 - August 15, 1983), who signed his work Al Kilgore, was an American artist who worked as a cartoonist and filmmaker.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Kilgore attended Andrew Jackson High School where he played basketball with a young Bob Cousy. He also met Dolores Preusch at this time, and the couple married in 1958. During World War II, he served in the Fifth Air Force. After the war, he entered into art studies, graduating from the Art Career School in 1951.
Comic strips and comic books
He was an artist on the Bullwinkle comic strip for the Bell-McClure Syndicate between 1962 and 1965. He also drew the Dell and Gold Key comic books, Rocky and His Friends, Bullwinkle Mother Moose Nursery Pomes and Bullwinkle and Rocky. In 1969, he did a syndicated puzzle feature, TV Star Screen.
He appeared as an actor in Louis McMahon's serial parody Captain Celluloid vs. the Film Pirates. This four-part, semi-professional production paid homage to Republic Pictures and its adventure serials, while kidding the vintage film subculture of the 1960s. He produced and scripted The World of Hans Christian Andersen (1971) which he co-directed with Chuck McCann.
He was a founding member of the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, The Sons of the Desert, and drew the organization's crest. His caricatures of Laurel and Hardy were used in John McCabe's biography, Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy (1962).
Kilgore and his wife Dolores lived on Long Island at 216-55 113th Drive in Queens Village. He died in New York in 1983 from an embolism.
He was awarded the National Cartoonists Society Silver T-Square in 1976 for outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession and its Special Features Award in 1983 for his Elvis the Paper Doll Book.
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