Born February 12, 1916 in El Paso, Texas, Rudolph "Rudy" Larriva was an American animator and director who worked for six decades in cartoons from the 1940s to the 1980s. Best known for his work with the Warner Brothers retinue of characters, which included Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, he also did work for King Features Syndicate which created Popeye, the United Productions of America, Format Films and Filmation for which he directed unknown episodes of The New Adventures of Gilligan. As a director, he helmed TV toons including “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle," "The New Adventures of Batman," "The Brady Kids," “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Mister T.” He also was the animation director for the opening credits of “The Twilight Zone” in 1959 and 1960.
His last work was for the TV series “Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends” in the 1990s. He passed away February 19, 2010 in Irvine, Calif. He was 94, survived by his son, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.