Ketcham, Hank

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Ketcham, Hank Gender: M
Ketcham, Henry King
born on 14 March 1920 at 23:11 (= 11:11 PM )
Place Seattle, Washington, 47n36, 122w20
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°25' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 22°26 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 19°57'

Hank Ketcham
photo: Alan Light, license cc-by-2.0


American cartoonist, creator of "Dennis the Menace." Formerly a freelance gag writer, he sold his first cartoon in 1942 and his first "Dennis" in 1950. Within two years, Dennis was syndicated in 15 papers and by 1953, that number of papers had leaped to 243. In 1977, Dennis was seen in 750 papers in 48 countries, bringing in a six-figure income for Ketcham. By 2000, the cartoon was seen in more than 1,000 newspapers.

When Hank was 12, his mom died. While still in his teens, he followed a natural talent and joined the animation department of Universal, 1938 and Disney the following year. His career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy 1942-1945.

Ketcham married Alice on 7/13/1942 and their son Dennis was born in June of the following year. He was widowed in 1958 when Alice died of a drug overdose. He made a second marriage, to Jo Anne Stevens in 1959, and they moved to Geneva, Switzerland for 18 years. Dennis, his first inspiration for his strips, remained in the U.S. for his education and became increasingly estranged from his dad. In 1970, Ketcham divorced and made a third marriage, to Rolande Praeport on 6/09/1970; a daughter was born in 1974 and a second son on 3/14/1977, his 57th birthday. They relocated in California in 1977.

In 1999, Ketcham, 79, had chemotherapy for prostate cancer. He worked about an hour a day overseeing the work of two "Dennis" cartoonists who keep his ideas rolling along. His major focus by then was on serious painting, including portraits of famous artists and jazz musicians. He and Rolande lived in Pebble Beach, California, where his passion is golf. Ketchum died at home of heart disease and cancer on 6/01/2001.

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  • Work : New Job 1939 (Joined Disney Studios)
  • Work : New Career 1942 (Sold his first cartoon)
  • Social : Joined group 1942 (U.S. Navy)
  • Relationship : Marriage 13 July 1942 (First marriage)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities June 1943 (Son Dennis born)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1950 (Release of his first "Dennis")
  • Work : Gain social status 1953 ("Dennis" syndicated in 243 papers)
  • Death of Mate 1958 (First wife died of an OD)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1959 (Second marriage)
  • Family : Change residence 1959 (Moved to Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1970 (From second wife)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1974 (Daughter born)
  • Work : Gain social status 1977 ("Dennis" released in 750 papers in 48 countries)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 14 March 1977 (Another son born, third child)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Disease 1 June 2001 (Heart disease and cancer, age 81)
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Source Notes

Contemporary American Horoscopes


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age 12 when mom died)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Three long term marriages)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons and one daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Estranged from first son, Dennis)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Enjoys golf)
  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist (Pro., syndicated)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (U.S. Navy)
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor (Free-lance gag writer initially)