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John M. Crowther (March 3, 1939 – April 27, 2018) was an American artist and writer known for his cartoons appearing in Mad Magazine, portraits in oil and writing for television and film.[3][4]

John M. Crowther
Born(1939-03-28)March 28, 1939
DiedApril 27, 2018(2018-04-27) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California
EducationPrinceton University
OccupationCartoonist, Artist, Writer, Director
Spouse(s)Carla Romanelli Crowther
Parent(s)Bosley Crowther and Florence
RelativesWelles Crowther (Nephew)[1][2]


Crowther was born to parents Florence and Bosley Crowther a respected New York Times film critic. In 1957, he graduated the George School of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, followed by Princeton in 1961.[5] He studied art and theater in school, and had two successful performances on Broadway. His father's interest in Italian foreign films led him to furthering acting in Italy. In total he is credited with writing nine movies and television series; and at least six books. Outside of writing, Crowther performed in his biographical one-man shows that toured the United States called Einstein: A Stage Portrait[6] and Meet Mr. Wright,[7] and taught painting with his wife in Tuscany, Italy.[8] He was a member of the Portrait Society of America.



  • Firebase (1975)[9]

Comic CollectionsEdit

  • Out of Order (2008)[10]
  • Face Off (2012)[11]
  • Harley and Bear Going Nowhere Half Fast (2015)[12]

Children's booksEdit

  • How the Waif Bunny Saved the Boy (2009), illustrator[13]
  • The Man In the Red Bandanna (2013) written by Honor Crowther Fagan and illustrated by John M. Crowther, a story about his nephew Welles Crowther,[14] a volunteer firefighter who died during the September 11 attacks

Illustrative worksEdit

  • 101 Souls (2015)[15]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Gwyneth Paltrow Narrates New Documentary About 9/11 Hero Whose Uncle Played a Pivotal Role in Her Life". September 9, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gwyneth Paltrow Narrates 9/11 Documentary About a Hero She Owes Everything To". September 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "John M. Crowther '61". Princeton Alumni Weekly. August 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cartoons, cartoons, cartoons.... John Crowther's Cartoon Odyssey". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Portrait Artist Forum - View Profile: John Crowther". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Hampton, Wilborn (September 25, 1996). "A Lecture by Einstein As a Dotty Old Uncle".
  7. ^ "John Crowther". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Home Page". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
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  14. ^ "The Man in the Red Bandanna". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
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