09:37 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 10/21/2013 06:55AM
Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that produced Saturday morning cartoons including Fat Albert and The Archie Show, has died. He was 84.
The Pittsburgh native behind the cartoon powerhouse died on Thursday, two days before his 85th birthday, Scheimer's wife Mary Ann said on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Scheimer's company was the largest animation operation in the country in the early 1980s by number of employees.
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