Ranan Lurie appears twice in the same Guinness Book of World Records, representing two very different categories.
He holds for 20 consecutive years the title of “The most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world,” as well as
being a scion to the oldest recorded living family today: "His family is directly descended from the royal house of the
biblical King David and can trace its genealogy back to the 10th century BC."

So far he has published 10 cartoon art books, 1 novel, won 22 national and international awards, had 17 exhibitions, sculpted
28 statues, painted more than 2,000 oil/acrylic paintings, wrote about 1,200 articles, and created more than 11,000 political cartoons.

Ranan Lurie was nominated by the Republic of Cyprus for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize: "I am writing this letter to sponsor the
nomination of Mr. Ranan R. Lurie for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his excellent work as as cartoonist of international repute. Mr. Lurie has contributed greatly through his publications in the United States and in many other countries of the world, in creating
a great spirit of understanding between the people of many races, and has helped in the effort of defusing political and other hot conflicts worldwide. For the Above reasons I have the pleasure of sponsoring his nomination.” (The Honorable Glafcos Clerides, President of the Republic of Cyprus)

Lurie was invited by twelve leading publications of the world, consecutively, to be their cartoonist in residence and launch their first political cartoons. They are: LIFE, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, NEWSWEEK Int., TIME Int., U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine, DIE WELT, Germany, The LONDON TIMES, The ASAHI SHIMBUN, Japan, NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland, YEDIOTH AHARONOT of Israel, and the AL AHARAM of Egypt.

He has been working on his “Uniting Painting” since the spring of 1968.

Lurie has been married for 50 years to Tamar, Senior Vice President of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and the leading broker in Greenwich, Conn., as well as the entire northeast U.S. They reside both in Greenwich and Manhattan, where they live on the 60th floor of a high-rise. They have four children: Rod (West Point), the movie director and screewn writer ("Deterrence", "The Contender", "The Last Castle") and Barak (Stanford University), lawyer and business executive, both of Los Angeles; Daphne (Williams College) Dr., psychologist, of San Diego; and Danielle (Stanford University) a movie director and screen writer; Five grandchildren: Hunter (18), Paige (17), Samuel (9), Maxwell (5) and Sasha (2).

T.R. Fletcher, Director, The International Advisory Board for the UNITING PAINTING


*"Ranan R. Lurie is the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the wo rld. As of July 1998, his work was published in 103 countries in 1,105 newspapers with a total circulation of 104 million copies." (The Guinness Book of World Records 1999)

*"In January 1997, Chief Rabbi Lau of Israel and the Jerusalem Institute of Jewish Genealogy concluded that the
Lurie (or Luria) family is directly descended from the royal house of the biblical King David and can trace its
genealogy back to the 10th century BC. The Lurie family tree includes such distinguished members as the
prophet Isaiah (8th century BC), the Rashi (1040-1105), Hillel Hanasi ("the Elder"; 30 BC-1st century AD), Felix Mendelssohn, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Salvador Luria, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Immanuel Jakobovitz, and Ranan Lurie." (The Guinness Book of World Records 1999)

"The most influential political cartoonist in the world today." (Clare Boothe Luce, former editor of VANITY FAIR & co-publisher of TIME, in a forward she wrote for one of his books.)

TIME MAGAZINE describes Ranan Lurie (July 18, 1994) as a "maestro ... a journalist of Olympian stature."  

"He is like a van Gogh with a sense of humor." (PUNCH magazine, London, 1981)

BILL MOYERS proclaimed him "the dean of political cartoonists" on MSNBC television (Sept. 4, 1996).

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL portrays Lurie as "a master caricaturist."

"His cartoons, sculptures and oil paintings ... serve as historical documentation of the decade," THE NEW YORK TIMES quotes his exhibition curator.

America's leading  anchorman, Ted Koppel, writes, "I am in awe of Lurie's talent."

Italy's LA STAMPA anoints him "the king of American political cartoonists."

"Lurie is the Cartoon-Caesar," declares Denmark's MORGENAVISEN JYLLANDS - POSTEN.

Lurie  taught at the University of Hawaii a regular seminar ("The Philosophy of the political cartoon") and lectured at many universities and colleges on current affairs and political cartooning.

In 1990, Ranan Lurie was invited to become an Adjunct Fellow at the CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS), the Washington, D.C.-based leading think tank. In 1997 he became a Senior Adjunct Fellow, and in 2002 he was appointed a Senior Associate.

He's a member of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS, the UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION, the FRIARS CLUB, the 101st Airborne Division Association, and the MENSA Society.

The NEW YORK TIMES publishing house wrote that "(his book) is perhaps the best selling political cartoon book ever published in this country."

Interviewing President Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.

As a result, Gorbachev and Lurie decide to start a mutual column (Gorby writes, Lurie draws the opposite "in principle") and the NEW YORK TIMES distributes the column all over the world for several years.

The cover of an Egyptian magazine, 1997

(from bottom, clockwise: Secretary Madeleine Albright, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, the late P.L.O.'s boss Yasser Arafat, Libya's strongman Omar Khadafi,
Syria's late dictator Assad, President Bill Clinton, Iranian leader Rafsanjani, and Ranan Lurie

At the U.N. gala: the political cartoonist of Britain's "INDEPENDENT", wins the first
United Nations political cartoon grand prize named after Lurie

From left to right: United Nations Secretary-General, the Honorable Kofi Annan,
political cartoonist Ranan Lurie, after whom this major award is named, and
Mr. Peter Schrank, holding the award and speaking at the U.N. to a group of 300
ambassadors, movie stars and U.N. correspondents.

He was embeded as war artist with a Marine Company. Fallujah, Iraq, December 2004:

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES page that resulted from his embedded time with the Marines in Fallujah

Some of the World Leaders who sat for their interviews and having their portraits done by Ranan Lurie

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Some of Ranan Lurie's early works

His covers for LIFE (left) and his regular weekly editorial cartoons (right) in the world's most important magazine, appeared regularly from 1967 to 1973. He was LIFE's first and only political cartoonist.

(His regular weekly full page in NEWSWEEK International,  where he served  as contributing editor & political cartoonist from 1973 to 1977)

(His regular weekly cartoon in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, where he served as senior analyst, interviewer, and the magazine's political cartoonist from 1984 to 1985)

(His regular weekly full page in TIME International, where he served as the magazine's political cartoonist for their 11 international editions from 1994 to 1997)


(His regular daily cartoon in DIE WELT, one of Germany's leading publications, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and interviewer from 1979 to 1980) (His regular daily cartoon in THE LONDON TIMES, where he served as the paper's first political cartoonist, from 1981 to 1983)




(His regular daily cartoon in the ASAHI SHIMBUN, where he served as the paper's political cartoonist and senior political analyst from 1983 to 1984. He was then appointed "Honorable Member of The Board of ASAHI SHIMBUN for Life".) (His regular cartoon in the NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG of Switzerland, the oldest paper in Europe. Lurie was their first political cartoonist. He served there from 1997 to 2000)

(Throughout 1986 -1994, Lurie served as the News Cartoonist for The MacNEIL/LEHRER NEWSHOUR, ABC's NIGHTLINE, Germany's  Z.D.F. national television, and later at ABC's early morning television News Hour).
From 2000 to 2004 he served as the political cartoonist for FOREIGN AFFAIRS magazine, where his full-page cartoon appeared regularly.


Key for Lurie’s Personalities

1. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command 2. U.S. President George W. Bush 3. Prime Minister of Britain , Tony Blair 4. Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan 5. FBI Director Robert Mueller 6. U.S. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice 7. U.S. Senator John McCain 8. Vice President of China , Hu Jintao 9. President of Afghanistan , Hamid Karzai 10. Alan Greenspan, Chairman , U.S. Federal Reserve Board 11. U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney 12. President of France . Jacques Chirac 13. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell 14. Mayor of New York City , Michael Bloomberg 15. Lady Liberty 16. Libya's strong man, Muammar Gaddafi 17. U.S. Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge 18. Sheikh Ohmar Abdel Rahman, convicted terrorist 19. President of Syria , Bashar al-Assad 20. President of Russia , Vladimir V. Putin 21. King Abdullah of Jordan 22. Former U.S. President, Bill J. Clinton 23. CIA Director, George J. Tenet 24. Prime Minister of Japan , Junichiro Kaizumi 25. Iran's strong man, Ayatollah Ali Khameni 26. Former Afghan King, Mohammed Zahir Shah 27. China's Premier, Zhu Rongji 28. King Mohammed the 6 th of Morocco 29. Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia 30. Hezballah leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah 31. Osama bin Laden, world's arch-terrorist 32. Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres 33. “American Taliban,” John Walker 34. Germany's Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer 35. Prime Minister of Spain , Jose Maria Aznar 36. President of China , Jiang Zemin 37. Former Mayor of New York City , Rudolph Giuliani 38. President of Cyprus , Glafcos Clerides 39. Pope John Paul II 40. President of Venezuela , Hugo Chavez 41. Chancelor of Germany , Gerhard Schroder 42. President of Colombia , Alvaro Uribe 43. NATO's Secretary General, Lord Robertson 44. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak 45. Prime Minister of Israel , Ariel Sharon 46. Gen. Anthony Zinni, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East 47. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld 48. Strong man of Iraq , Saddam Hussein 49. Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat 50. Prime Minister of Malaysia , Mahathir Mohamad 51. Prime Minister of Australia , John Howard 52. President of Pakistan , Perves Musharraf 53. President of the Philippines , Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 54. King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia 55. Prime Minister of India , Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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