|Real Name/Full Name||James Robert Davis|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Jim Davis|
|Birth Place:||Indiana, USA|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||28th July 1945|
|Age/How Old:||78 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 69 Kg
In Pounds – 152 lbs
|Parents Name:||Father – James William Davis
Mother – Anna Catherine Davis
|Siblings:||David “Doc” Davis|
|School:||Fairmount High School|
|College:||Ball State University|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Jill Davis|
|Kids/Children Name:||James Alexander Davis, Ashley Davis, and Christopher Davis|
|Net Worth:||$8 Billion|
|Last Updated:||October 2023|
The world of art has really grown immensely over the years, both in popularity and financially. The world of art is an interesting field where only people with an interest in it can thrive. Art also needs a talented person, not all of us can hold a brush or a pencil and create something beautiful. We should always honor and appreciate the men and women who are gifted in art. One of them being Jim Davis.
Jim Davis is one of the most respected cartoonists of all time. For those who have never heard the name, I’m sure the popular cartoon called Garfield should ring some bells. Jim Davis was responsible for building the Garfield Franchise and other popular ones like U.S Acres and Tumbleweeds.
Well, how well do you know about Jim Davis? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Jim Davis’s net worth in 2023, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Jim Davis to date.
Biography and Early Life
James Robert Davis was born on the 28th of July in 1945. He was born in Marion, Indiana and grew up on a small cow farm in Fairmount, Indiana. His parents were William ‘Jim’ Davis and Anna Catherine “Betty” (nee Carter) Davis.
He also had a brother called Dave Davis. Jim Davis lived the traditional life on a farm. If you are familiar with his work in Garfield, Jim’s childhood is similar to that of Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle, who also grew up on a farm.
Jim Davis lived the simple farm-life in Indiana with no major ups and downs. It was in high school and university that Jim started showing his love for drawing cartoons.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Jim Davis in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Jim Davis’s age is 78 years old as of today’s date 2nd October 2023 having been born on 28 July 1945. Though, he is 5′ 10″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 152 lbs in Pound and 69 kg in Kilograms.
Jim Davis went to Fairmount High School where he became a member of their high school newspaper, The Breeze. He eventually became the art editor and this is also where his first comic was featured.
He later joined Ball State University where he studied art and business. Furthermore, he become a part of the Theta Xi fraternity.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
Before we dive in to the career of the legendary cartoonist, let us take a look at his personal life. Well, Jim Davis has been married twice. His first marriage was to Carolyne Altekruse and had one son together, James Alexander Davis. On the 16th of July in 2000, Jim tied the knot with Jill who had two children from her previous marriage, Ashley and Christopher.
Jim Davis currently lives in Albany, Indiana where his company (Paws, Inc.) is located. He has nearly 50 artists and licensing administrators who work with agents all over the world to keep his empire alive.
Is Jim Davis Gay?
Jim Davis is currently married to Jill Davis, which should prove that he is not gay.
Davis’ career did not kick off immediately with writing and drawing comic strips, Jim started off at an advertising agency before moving on to comic strips. In 1969, he assisted Tom Ryan with his comic strip, Tumbleweeds.
Later on, from 1973 to 1975, Davis wrote a comic strip called the Gnorm Gnat which was usually published in the Pendleton Times, a newspaper in Pendleton, Indiana. Davis decided to sell the strip to a national syndicate which did not go too well for him. His art was commended, his gags were funny, but they did like the idea of the characters being bugs.
However, this was not enough to put Jim down, he began studying different comic strips and still believed that animals were funny. He took note of how Snoopy from the Peanuts comic was more of a marketing success than his owner, Charlie Brown.
Since there were enough dogs in the comic industry, Jim decided to go another direction, with a cat as his lead character. Before gaining its popular name, it was named Jon and by 1978, it was syndicated in 41 newspapers.
In the 1980s, Davis began the comic strip called US Acres but outside the U.S, it was called Orson’s farm. From 2000-2003, he made Mr. Potato Head with Brett Koth. In 2019, Jim Davis sold his company (Paws,Inc.) to ViacomCBS, however, he will still continue to draw the Garfield comic strip.
Jim’s long and successful career has been so amazing for both him and his fans. He has been so committed to the Garfield character that he still continues to draw the comic strips even after selling his company. Obviously, a man who is as committed as he is cannot miss out on some awards, here are some of them:
- An Emmy Award for outstanding animated program for Garfield in the Rough in 1984-85.
- An Elzie Segar award for contributions to cartooning in 1985 from the National Cartoonist Society.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Jim Davis in ’2023’
Davis officially began his craft in 1969, and ever since then, he has been capturing the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world. He has achieved so much as a cartoonist, and we shouldn’t be shocked if the monetary rewards are huge. As of 2023, Davis has an estimated net worth of approximately $8 billion.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Jim became a faculty member of Ball State University in Muncie as an adjunct professor in 2006. He lectured on the creative and business aspects of the comics’ industry.
- Davis also founded the Professor Garfield Foundation to promote children’s literacy.
The contributions of Jim Davis to the entertainment society can only be matched by a few individuals in history. He took advantage of his talent and used it wisely to build an empire. Not only does he do this for himself, he has also reached out to the society to help through his philanthropic work.