Garry Trudeau

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Cartoonist (1948)
Tue Oct 22 2019
By   Manish

Oscar Award-nominated cartoonist, Garry Trudeau is famous for creating the comic strip, Doonesbury. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Amazon Studios political series, Alpha House. Further, he earned a nomination for the ACE Award for writing a Dramatic series, Tanner '88.

Trudeau was born as Garretson Beekman Trudeau on 21st July 1948, in New York City, New York, United States. He hails from a mixed ethnic background (French, Canadian, English, Dutch, German, and Swedish) and holds an American nationality. Aside, this, he is living a happy married life.

Trudeau's Marital Life With Jane Pauley

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry lives a happy marital life with his wife,Jane Pauley, an American journalist. The two walked down the aisle on 14th June 1980, in New York City, New York.

At the time of their wedding ceremony, the groom, Trudeau, was 32-year-old whereas, the bride, Jane, was 30. The couple is together for 39 years in a marital relationship after celebrating their recent anniversary on 14th June 2019.

Garry Trudeau and Jane Pauley together
Photo: Garry Trudeau with his wife, Jane Pauley. 
Source: Getty Images

Blessed With Three Kids

The married pair, moreover are the parents of three adorable children. First and foremost, they welcomed twin daughters, Ross and Rachel Trudeau(born in 1983). 

They further announced that they're going to share their third child in 1986. Shortly Jane gave birth to a son, Thomas Trudeau in late-1986.

Mr. & Mrs. Trudeau's Daughter (Rachel)'s Wedding

One of Garry and Jane's twin daughters, Rachel Trudeau is married to Robert Steinsdoerfer, a senior writer in the commercial markets division of Zurich North America Insurance. The duo got married at Gotham Hall, located in New York City, New York, on 15th November 2014.

Well, the two had their first encounter at a law school party held in Philadelphia on October 2011, where a mutual friend introduced them. They then began to talk till late nights and soon found that he was a non-Republican, although her family members are all liberal.

Robert Steinsdoerfer with Rachel's parents, Garry and Jane Trudeau
Picture: Robert Steinsdoerfer and Rachel Trudeau with Garry and Jane Pauley. 
Source: Patrick McMullan

The soulmates later went for a date at a wine bar in Philadelphia. During that time, they both compliment each other about their personality and the clothes they wore. 

After some time, her mother, Jane, came to meet her boyfriend in Philadelphia and invited him for dinner to meet her mom. Robert came to Rachel's house for dinner and had a great time. Rachel's mother was impressed by Robert's warm personality and sense of humor. 

Net Value - $40 Million

Garry Trudeau's net worth is $40 Million as of 2019. He collects a bundle of money through his professional work as a cartoonist. Similarly, an experienced cartoonist earns a total salary of $62,798 in the United States.

Photo of Garry Trudeau
Photo: Gary Trudeau giving a speech at Stanford University on 28th April 2014. 

Trudeau further worked in the comedy-drama television series, Alpha House, which earned 7.5 ratings out of 10 after analyzing views from its episodes. He also starred in the CBS News Sunday Morning, where Nikki Battiste and Tony Dokoupil also appeared as guests.

Million Dollar Accommodations

Tanner '88 writer, Trudeau, and his wife bought a house at 166 East 61st Street in Lenox Hill near New York City, New York. The price of their residence was $1.6 Million, which consists of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and views from the skyline.

Garry Trudeau and Jane Pauley's accommodation
Image: Garry Trudeau and his wife, Jane Pauley, lives in an apartment located in Branford, Connecticut. 
Source: 6sqft

The couple later listed their house for $2.2 Million for sale. Their former house also features a large living room, a formal dining room, and a framed compartment kitchen. Currently, they reside in their $2.5 Million accommodation located in Branford, Connecticut.

Wrote Several Books

Author, Garry Trudeau recently wrote a book, #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump on 18th September 2018. The book is about the time of Trump elected as the U.S. President and Citizens to spend their tax on the transition. The price of his book is $9.99, including 44 used ($2.95), 33 new ($4.97), and one collectible ($84.95).

The cover of Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump (Volume 37)
Cover: Garry Trudeau's book, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump (Volume 37). 
Source: Amazon 

The star also wrote and published a book, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump on 5th July 2016, which is one of the most overrated strips in the U.S. It costs $12.79, which includes 129 used ($1.25), 44 new ($3.00), and 2 collectible ($20.00). Similarly, he wrote many books like "I Have No Son."

Creative Works As A Cartoonist

The famous cartoonist first gained the attention of the newly formed Universal Press Syndicate while serving as a Yale student newspaper. He was later chosen by the syndicate's editor to distribute Doonesbury to 1,000 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide.

Trudeau also worked in an animated short film, A Doonesbury Specials, which became the life turning an opportunity for him in 1977. After 11 years, he wrote and co-produced a critically acclaimed HBO's mockumentary miniseries, Tanner '88, with the director Robert Altman in 1988.

Young Garry Trudeau
Image: Cartoonist, Garry Trudeau thinking hiatus to make Doonesbury. 
Source: The Boston Globe

The star and Robert's TV show additionally earned numerous awards and accolades, such as the gold medal for Best TV series at Cannes Television Festival. Similarly, his other television works are Killer App, Tanner on Tanner, and many more.

Awards & Recognition

Garry Trudeau is listed as one of the Most Overrated People in America Arts and Letters by the Saturday Review. He is also called one of the great intellectual/artistic accomplishments of the past half-century by the oldest newspaper, The Nation.

Garry Trudeau with his wife, Jane Pauley
Photo: Garry Trudeau and his spouse, Jane Pauley in 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards New York on 11th February 2018. 
Source: Zimbio

Trudeau earned a nomination for Oscar Award for the best-animated film, A Doonesbury Special in 1977. he also became an ACE nominee for the dramatic series, Tanner '88. He also won a Jury Prize Award (1978) and Freedom of Speech Award (2005). 

Doonesbury' Controversies & Criticisms

Garry Trudeau was once criticized for his comic strip and opinions that he put on his comics. The Saturday Review stated that his hiatus and predictable comic strip isn't funny as before. Similarly, Eric Alterman, write of The Nation newspaper called irrespective of the category to Trudeau's comic strips.

Take a look at Garry Trudeau's interview with CNN News

The cartoonist also faced controversy after his acceptance speech on the occasion of receiving a Polk Award in 2015. During the speech, he criticized the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo after the murdered execution of his Hebdo's writers, editors, and cartoonists by Muslim terrorists in Paris.

Photo of Garry Trudeau and his comic strip
Image: Garry Trudeau poses with his predictable comic strip. 
Source: Steven Barclay Agency

Trudeau again had a speech with the political commentator, David Frum for the criticism of what he called Trudeau's moral theory that identifies the bearer of privilege and the responsibilities of the privilege-bearer. Furthermore, The New York Post reported Trudeau was labeled as a terror apologist for his comments, adding to the insult.

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