Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 - May 26, 1995) was an American-Jewish animator, cartoonist, director and producer who was well known for creating memorable cartoon characters like Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam for Warner Bros. In the beginning of his career when he moved to California, he was a cartoonist and employee to Walt Disney on the Laugh-O-Grams and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He left Disney to follow Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising to Warner Bros. When Harman/Ising left WB in 1933 for MGM, Freleng stayed with Warner Bros., briefly moved to MGM from 1937-39 to work for their studio for double the pay, and then returned to Warner Bros. for the rest of his life. After the original studio shut down in 1963, Freleng opened his animation studio, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which Warner Bros. subcontracted to produce cartoons for its studio between 1964-1967. In addition, Freleng's company also produced the Pink Panther cartoon series for United Artists. Freleng's company later dissolved in 1981 and was sold to Marvel Productions, which later was bought out by The Walt Disney Company.
Friz Freleng retired in 1986 and died on May 26, 1995 of natural causes. He is buried in Glendale, California.