Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mike's Daughter

It’s been a pleasure and privilege to chat on-line with many people about cartoons, and it’s been a special joy to talk with those who worked in the animation industry or their families. Over the last couple of years, I’ve exchanged notes back and forth with family members of my favourite cartoon writer, Mike Maltese.

So it’s with sadness I pass on word that Mike’s daughter Brenda passed away yesterday morning.

Brenda grew up as an only child. Her brother Michael died a day after birth. After graduation, she worked in the ink and paint department at Disney before taking a secretarial job at Warner Bros. where, of course, her father worked for almost 20 years before going to work for Hanna-Barbera. She met her future husband there and they were married for 53 years. She later opened Maltese Management, a theatrical management agency. (No, I don’t believe a singing frog her father wrote was among the acts she booked.)

Not too many days ago, she came down with an infection that spread to her brain. It was sudden and a shock.

I never met Brenda but I’ve corresponded her daughter Lisa. From what I can tell the Malteses were a loving, caring family who touched many lives. They were rightfully very proud of Mike’s fine work in the cartoon industry.

My condolences to the extended Maltese family on their loss.


  1. Hear, hear! Good on the Maltese Family! Thinking of them during this sad time.

  2. Brenda probably didn't have the same sense of off-kilter humor her father had, but she must been a very smart woman. Sorry to hear about her passing....

  3. My prayers and thoughts are with the Maltese family during this sad time. They indeed did touch many lives.

  4. My prayers as well. Sr.Maltese was always my favorite cartoon comedy writer (well,with Bill Scott and Warren Foster..)Steve