Berkeley Breathed
Berkeley Breathed

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Name: Berkeley Breathed
Occupation: Cartoonist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 21, 1957
Age: 65
Birth Place: Los Angeles, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Berkeley Breathed

Berkeley Breathed was born on June 21, 1957 in Los Angeles, United States (65 years old). Berkeley Breathed is a Cartoonist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Berkeley Breathednet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He followed "Bloom County" with the Sunday-only "Outland" and "Opus" comic strips. He retired from comic strips in 2008 to focus on becoming a children's author.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$5 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He held his first cartooning position with the Austin American-Statesman, but his editorial work caused such controversy that he was fired. He gained notice by The Washington Post after he self-published his college newspaper strip "The Academia Waltz" to pay for his tuition.

Biography Timeline


Breathed was first published when he was hired part-time by the Austin American-Statesman to draw editorial cartoons for the newspaper. This job was short-lived; he was dismissed shortly after one of his cartoons caused outrage. His first comic strip published regularly was The Academia Waltz, which appeared in the Daily Texan, in 1978 while he was a student at the University of Texas. During his time at the University of Texas, Breathed self-published two collections of The Academia Waltz, using the profits to pay his tuition. The comic strip attracted the notice of the editors of The Washington Post, who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip.


On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut. It featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John. At its start, the strip's style was so similar to that of another popular strip, Doonesbury, that Doonesbury's creator Garry Trudeau wrote to Breathed several times to indicate their similarities. Breathed has acknowledged that he borrowed liberally from Doonesbury during his early career. In the Outland collection, One Last Little Peek, Breathed even put an early Bloom County side-by-side with the Doonesbury comic strip from which it obviously took its idea.


Breathed is a fan of outdoor activities such as powerboating and motorcycling. In 1986, he broke his back in an ultralight-plane crash, later incorporated into a Bloom County storyline in which Steve Dallas breaks his back after being attacked by an angry Sean Penn. Breathed also nearly lost his right arm to a boating accident.


Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning during 1987. The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until Breathed retired the daily strip in 1989, stating that he wanted to terminate the strip while it was still popular. At that time, he said, "A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators".

Breathed replaced the strip with the surreal Sunday-only cartoon Outland in 1989, which reused some of the Bloom County characters, including Opus the Penguin and Bill the Cat. He ended Outland in 1995.


Breathed's syndicated and Facebook cartoon work has produced at least thirteen cartoon anthology books, as of January 2018. Starting in 1992, he designed a greeting card and gift ensemble collection for American Greetings, featuring the "Bloom County" characters Opus, Bill the Cat, and Milquetoast the Cockroach.


In 2003, Breathed began the comic strip Opus, a Sunday-only strip featuring Opus the Penguin, who was one of the main characters of Bloom County.


Breathed cameos as himself in the 2004 short film Tim Warner: A Life in the Clouds, a fictional tale about an unhappy cartoonist and his unfunny strip, The Silver Lining.


On October 6, 2008, Breathed announced plans to discontinue all work on comic strips with the final Opus strip to run on November 2, 2008. Breathed planned to focus on writing children's books. Breathed explained that he felt that the United States was going to face "tough times", and that he wanted to end the saga of his most memorable character "on a lighter note".

On May 18, 2008, in his comic strip Opus, Breathed announced he was suffering from a condition known as spasmodic torticollis.


In July 2015 Breathed hinted at a return to the strip when he posted a photo to Facebook of him at his computer, starting a cartoon entitled "Bloom County 2015". He added: "A return after 25 years. Feels like going home." The strip was later posted to Facebook. He has subsequently been posting new Bloom County strips via Facebook on an almost-daily basis, as of January 2018. (In 2016, "2015" was dropped from the new strip's name.)

Family Life

Berkeley's family was residing in Encino when he was born, but he was raised in Houston, Texas. Berkeley and his wife Jody Boyman had two children.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Berkeley Breathed is 65 years, 7 months and 17 days old. Berkeley Breathed will celebrate 66th birthday on a Wednesday 21st of June 2023. Below we countdown to Berkeley Breathed upcoming birthday.


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