Leonard Starr was born in New York City on October 28, 1925. He
graduated from Music & Art High School and attended Pratt Institute. He
began doing comics while still at Pratt. From 1950 to 1957, he was
primarily involved in advertising art. In 1957, he created "On Stage" for
the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, and he wrote and drew this
feature until 1979.
His work on "Little Orphan Annie" began in 1979 when he was asked to "revive" the strip, which had been re-named "Annie," to make it seem more contemporary and to reflect the popular musical. He also wrote the comic strip "Winnie Winkle" for many years. From 1980 to 1989 he worked with Stan Drake on "Kelly Green" for Dargaud Editeur, Paris. Starr wrote the feature and Drake drew it.
Leonard Starr begin writing for television in the early 1970s. In 1984 he developed the animated television show "Thundercats." He acted as story editor and head writer for this program.
Starr is the recipient of numerous awards. He has won the National Cartoonists Society's Best Story Strip category award three times; in 1960 and 1963 for "On Stage," and in 1984 for "Annie." He received the society's highest honor as cartoonist of the year in 1965 when he won the Reuben Award. Starr received an Inkwell Award at the San Diego Comicon in 1982.
Leonard Starr is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Society of Illustrators. A collection of his work is housed at Syracuse University.
He is married to Barbara Shaw Starr and lives in Connecticut.
View a sketch by Leonard Starr from my collection.