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Joseph Benson "Ben/Bugs" Hardaway (b. May 21, 1897-d. February 5, 1957) was an American storyboard artist, animator, voice actor, writer, gagman, and director, best known as the creators of the characters Happy Rabbit and Woody Woodpecker (whom he also provided the voice for after Mel Blanc left).
His nickname, Bugs, was implamented to Bugs Bunny in respect to his creation of the character as per Mel Blanc's request.
He died unexpectantly in 1957, at the age of just 49, after a test plane accident.