July 4, 2022

Garry Trudeau Biography, Age, Net worth, Wife, New book, Children, Alpha house

Garry Trudeau Biography

Garry Trudeau (Garretson Beekman) is an American cartoonist, best known for creating the Doonesbury comic strip. Besides, Trudeau is also the creator and executive producer of  Amazon Studios’ political comedy series Alpha House.

Trudeau was born in New York City, the son of Jean Douglas (née Moore) and Francis Berger Trudeau Jr. He is the great-grandson of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, who created Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, New York. Though, Edward’s son Francis and grandson Francis Jr succeeded him. The latter founded the Trudeau Institute at Saranac Lake, with which his son Garry retains a connection. Moreover, his ancestry is French Canadian, English, Dutch, German, and Swedish.

Garry Trudeau Age

Garry was born on July 21, 1948, in New York, New York, United States. He is 72 years old as of 2021.

Garry Trudeau Net Worth

Garry has an estimated net worth of $40 million. He is best known for his work on the Doonesbury comic strip. In 1970, Trudeau’s comic strip, Doonesbury, was syndicated to only one newspaper, the Universal Press Syndicate, but today it is syndicated to almost 1,400 newspapers worldwide. Furthermore, in 1975, Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer, which is traditionally awarded only to editorial-page cartoonists.

Garry’s Wife

Garry is married to Jane Pauley who is an American television journalist and author, active in news reporting since 1972. She is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. Additionally, Pauley previously held a 13-year position on NBC’s Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. However, she has publicly acknowledged her struggle with bipolar disorder.

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Trudeau marked Donald Trump as a con man early on. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and illustrator of Doonesbury has mocked Trump relentlessly since the 1980s, homing in on the then real-estate mogul’s insatiable appetite for attention and penchant for lying. A body of work that was anthologized in Trudeau’s 2016 bestseller, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

Trump has called Trudeau a “third-rate cartoonist.” But when historians look back on America in this era, Doonesbury will be having a good record as any of the national zeitgeist. Additionally, Trudeau’s menagerie of stoners, disc jockeys, wounded vets, politicians, right-wing operatives, and gonzo lunatics turns 50 this month.

In that time, he has chronicled nine presidencies, at least three major wars, and uncountable scandals, and national brouhahas. However, his sharp eye for detail, irreverent humor, and genuine appreciation for humanity have kept the strip chugging along with the times. Even as the characters have aged, lost their ideals, limbs, and loves, and the nation has undergone massive upheavals.

 Children

Garry Trudeau has three children. Two sons; Thomas Trudeau and Ross Trudeau and a daughter called Rachel Trudeau.

Garry Trudeau Alpha House

Alpha House is an American political satire web television series Amazon studios produce.  Garry Trudeau creates and writes the series. The show starred John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, and Mark Consuelos as four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.  Accordingly, the show premiered on Amazon.com on April 19, 2013.

Moreover, several actual Democratic legislators who share a row house in D.C inspired the series. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Representative George Miller (D-CA). Also, the series has a number of cameos from celebrities such as Bill Murray (as Senator Vernon Smits) and politicians such as Schumer as himself.

Furthermore, Amazon Studios offered the first three episodes of Alpha House for free, with each subsequent episode released weekly for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Video.

Further, on February 11, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. Although, Production for the second season began filming in July 2014, and the entire second season became available on Amazon.com on October 24, 2014. However, the series was canceled after the second season.

Garry  Honors Awards

Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, 1975; Academy Award nomination for an animated short film, 1977, for A Doonesbury Special; Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 1977; Drama Desk Award nominations for book and lyrics, 1983, and Grammy Award nomination for cast show album, 1984, for musical Doonesbury; (with Robert Altman) Cannes Television Festival gold medal for best television series, British Broadcasting Press Guild award for best-imported program, Emmy award, and four ACE award nominations, all 1988, all for Tanner ’88; Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year, National Cartoonists Society, 1996; National Endowment for the Arts grant; Finally, honorary degrees from colleges and universities, including Yale University, Colgate University, Williams College, and Duke University.

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