Dr. Seuss


02 Mar 1904


Springfield, Massachusetts, USA


Theodor Seuss Geisel


Acclaimed writer Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss' first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, changing the face of children's literature forever. It was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Following the war, Geisel and his first wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote and published several children's books in the coming years, including If I Ran the Zoo and Horton Hears a Who! A major turning point in Geisel's career came when, in response to a 1954 Life magazine article that criticized children's reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children's primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a "tour de force." The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel's place in children's literature.

In the years that followed, Geisel wrote many more books, both in his new simplified-vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique, and including such favorites as Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 1966, with the help of eminent cartoonist Chuck Jones, The Grinch was adapted into an animated film.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss overall was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world. Following the death of his first wife Helen Geisel in 1967, Geisel wed 'Audrey Stone', who remained his wife until his death on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

Actor ( 3 credits )

The Dick Cavett Show (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
To Tell the Truth (1956)  Himself (1 episode, 1958)
Unusual Occupations (1941) Himself (uncredited)

Producer ( 26 credits )

Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy (1946) supervising producer (uncredited)
Hot Spot (1945) supervising producer (uncredited)
In the Aleutians (1945) supervising producer (uncredited)
It's Murder She Says... (1945) supervising producer (uncredited)
No Buddy Atoll (1945) supervising producer (uncredited)
Operation Snafu (1945) supervising producer (uncredited)
Going Home (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Booby Traps (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Censored (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
The Chow Hound (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Gas (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
A Lecture on Camouflage (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Outpost (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Pay Day (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Snafuperman (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Target Snafu (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Three Brothers (1944) supervising producer (uncredited)
Spies (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
Fighting Tools (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
Coming!! Snafu (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
The Goldbrick (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
Gripes (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
The Home Front (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
The Infantry Blues (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)
Rumors (1943) supervising producer (uncredited)

Writer ( 52 credits )

The Cat in the Hat (2021)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2018) (created by)
The Lorax (2012) (based on the book by)
Horton Hears a Who! (2008) (story)
Red Beans & Jam (2008) (adaptation)
The Angry Video Game Nerd (2006) (1 episode, 2010)
Gerald McBoing Boing (2005) (1 episode, 2005)
The Cat in the Hat (2003) (book)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (book)
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996) (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Welcome (1986) (book)
The Big Fun Carnival (1957)
Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo (1956)
The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show (1956) (1 episode, 1956)
How Now Boing Boing (1954)
Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony (1953)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950) (story)
The Costume Designer (1950) (story) (uncredited)
Design for Death (1947) (as Theodor S. Geisel) and
Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy (1946) (uncredited)
Hot Spot (1945) (uncredited)
In the Aleutians (1945) (uncredited)
It's Murder She Says... (1945) (uncredited)
No Buddy Atoll (1945) (uncredited)
Operation Snafu (1945) (uncredited)
A Few Quick Facts: Fear (1945) (uncredited)
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1944) (book)
Going Home (1944) (uncredited)
Booby Traps (1944) (uncredited)
Censored (1944) (uncredited)
The Chow Hound (1944) (uncredited)
Gas (1944) (uncredited)
A Lecture on Camouflage (1944) (uncredited)
Outpost (1944) (uncredited)
Pay Day (1944) (uncredited)
Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike (1944) (uncredited)
Snafuperman (1944)
Target Snafu (1944) (uncredited)
Three Brothers (1944) (uncredited)
A Few Quick Facts: Inflation (1944) (uncredited)
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1943) (writer)
Spies (1943) (uncredited)
Coming!! Snafu (1943) (uncredited)
The Goldbrick (1943) (uncredited)
Gripes (1943) (uncredited)
The Home Front (1943) (uncredited)
The Infantry Blues (1943) (uncredited)
Rumors (1943) (uncredited)
Horton Hatches the Egg (1942) (book)
'Neath the Bababa Tree (1931) (story)
Put on the Spout (1931)