Harold McCready was born in Salford, Manchester on 22 February 1897, the son of Samuel McCready and his wife Eliza. He started work aged 14 as a colliery labourer. At 18 he joined the Notts & Derby Regiment, seeing active service in the summer of 1915.
"A further diversion was being taught to whirl a lassoo by another of the animators, McCready. I think he had pretensions of being a cowboy."
Bonzo was McCready's only involvement with animation. He continued working as an illustrator and poster designer, and by the 1930s had established himself as a comic strip artist. In the 1950s he specialised in full colour comics for younger children, such as Playhour and Tiny Tots. He died at Richmond upon Thames in 1972.
|Bonzo (series of 26 films)||(New Era Films, 1924-5) Member of animation team|
Links to Other Sites
Bear Alley: Harold McCready Biographical details on Steve Holland's comics website.
Last updated 2019