Born on January 23, 1934 in Los Angeles, California. When he was a child Wright and his family moved across the United States, to Florida. Wright graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1952. He had a job as a copyboy at the Miami News, from 1952 to 1956, which gave Wright his avid interest in cartoons.
While the Miami News refused to give Wright a job in the art department, in case he was drafted in the war, the newspaper did give him a job as a photographer. Shortly after, Wright was drafted and served in the U.S. Army as a photographer, before returning to the Miami News as its graphics editor in 1958. Shortly after rejoining the Miami News, Wright resigned. Not wishing to lose Wright, the Miami News offered to publish some of his cartoons. By 1963, Wright's editorial cartoons, on local issues, were regular features on the newspaper's editorial page.
While at The Miami News, Wright frequently played pranks on other reporters, particularly humorous columnist John Keasler. Wright′s colleagues returned the favor. Wright would toss his keys on his desk when he came in each evening. When Wright would leave his office for lunch or the restroom, they would slip an extra key on the keyring. After a while, the keyring grew so heavy that Wright swore and exclaimed, “What the hell! I don't even know what some of these keys are for!”.
Wright continued to work for The Miami News until it ceased publication in 1988.
In 1989, Wright moved to The Palm Beach Post where he worked until his retirement in August 2008. Wright's work has been syndicated by both the Washington (DC) Star Syndicates and the New York Times Syndicate. As of 2012, Wright continues to draw editorial cartoons distributed by Tribune Media Services.
He has also won the Inter American Press Award three times, the Overseas Press Club Award five times, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award twice, the National Headliner Award and the Best of Cox Award twice.