Bil Keane is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strip "Family Circus". Born in Dayton, Ohio, he went to the University of Dayton and served in the United States Navy during World War II. After returning to Dayton, he worked for several newspapers, eventually landing at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He later moved to New York City and worked for King Features Syndicate, creating "Family Circus" at King Features. Between 1950 and 2005, he drew more than 1,000 strips for "The Family Circus". He retired from the strip on January 31, 2005.