Twitter/getFANDOM  YouTube/WB Kids
Twitter/getFANDOM YouTube/WB Kids

Scooby-Doo Co-creator Ken Spears Dies at 82 Months after Joe Ruby's Death

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 10, 2020
07:32 A.M.

This month Hollywood lost another great star in the form of Ken Spears. The “Scooby-Doo” co-creator sadly passed away last week, a couple of months after Joe Ruby’s death.


Joe Ruby was the co-founder of Ruby-Spears Production alongside Ken Spears. Ruby passed away due to natural causes on August 26, 2020, according to his grandson Benjamin Ruby.

The animation writer was 87 when he died in Westlake Village, California. He and Spears were co-creators of the cartoon animation series’s “Scooby-Doo” (who is a Great Dane dog), “Jabberjaw,” and “Dynomutt.”

A drawing of the "Scooby-Doo" animation characters | Photo: Pixy.org/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

A drawing of the "Scooby-Doo" animation characters | Photo: Pixy.org/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

On Friday, November 6, 2020, Ken followed his friend and business partner. He was 82 when he passed away and his son Kevin Spears, informed “Variety” that he died from complications related to his diagnosis with Lewy body dementia.

In a statement, Kevin shared how his father would always be remembered for his story-telling, his strong work ethic, his loyalty to his family, and his wit. The animator’s son also added:


“Ken has not only made a lasting impression on his family, but he has touched the lives of many as co-creator of ‘Scooby-Doo.’”

Kevin concluded his statement by noting how his father had been a role model to them throughout his life. He vowed to continue living with the late animator in their hearts to carry on his legacy.

The late star was born on March 12, 1938, with the full name Charles Kenneth Spears. He grew up in Los Angeles, California where he became good friends with animation producer and businessman, William Hanna’s son.


In 1959, the late star ended up working for Hanna as a sound editor when he was hired by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Ken went on to meet his future business partner, Ruby while working in the editing department.

Fred Silverman eventually moved to ABC and was followed by Ken Spears and Joe Ruby.

The pair started working together as writers, writing television plays for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Sid and Marty Krofft Television Productions, and Hanna-Barbera. The duo created “Scooby-Doo” for Hanna’s production company.


In the early 1970s, the CBS President of Children’s Programming, Fred Silverman, hired both Ruby and Ken. The two friends were employed to supervise CBS’ Saturday morning cartoon lineup.

Silverman eventually moved to ABC and was followed by Ken and Ruby. In 1977, the two friends started Ruby-Spears Productions, their own production studio that produced animated series’ like “Superman,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Fangface,” “The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour,” “Mister T,” and many others.


In 1991, the business partners sold their catalog along with the one at Hanna-Barbera to Turner Broadcasting. Ken is survived by his two sons, Chris and Kevin, three great-grandchildren, and five grandchildren.

Ruby, on the other hand, is survived by his wife Carole, four children, and ten grandchildren. He and his wife had been married for sixty-three years when he suddenly passed away.

Related posts

This '90s Teen Idol Received 4,000 Fan Letters a Week at the Peak of His Fame — His Tragic End Still Makes Fans 'Sad'

April 22, 2024

Kevin Costner’s Rarely-Seen Youngest Son, 15, Makes Acting Debut in Dad’s Movie

May 01, 2024

3 Gut-Wrenching Stories Where People Witnessed Something Chilling on Their Jobs

March 20, 2024

Fans React to Kevin Costner’s New Hair Color as He Steals the Show with His Lookalike Teen Son at the Cannes Festival

May 20, 2024

Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, & Others – Why Celebrities Skipped Oscars 2024

March 14, 2024

Son Puts Mother in Nursing Home, Returns Home and Finds His Suitcases on the Doorstep — Story of the Day

May 04, 2024

Single Dad of 3 Helps Older Lady Who Falls Down the Stairs, She Shows Up with a Truck at His Home Later — Story of the Day

May 07, 2024

5 Celebrities Who Cut Their Kids Out of their Wills

January 30, 2024

I Yelled 'I Don’t!' at My Own Wedding after Conversation with Groom’s Mother Whose Plan Almost Worked Out

May 06, 2024

This Child Star Lost His House & Left Hollywood — At 42, He Changed Iconic Red Hair for Bold Haircut & Beard

May 20, 2024

Public Names ‘Biggest Movie of the Summer’ after Trailer Release & Hugh Jackman’s Look in It Causes a Stir

April 23, 2024

‘Blade Runner’ Actor M Emmet Walsh Passes Away — Cause of Death Revealed

March 21, 2024

5 Celebrities with Rarely-Seen Kids You Possibly Didn’t Know About

April 10, 2024

Barbara Rush Died: Her Last Photos & Personal Life as Granny of Twins

April 02, 2024