Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson Has Died
From the blog of his son, Jamie Anderson:
Gerry Anderson, known the world over as the film and television producer of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space:1999 amongst many others, has died at the age of 83.
On hearing the news the chairman of Fanderson Nick Williams paid tribute to him:
“To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man. His desire to make the best films he could drove him and his talented teams to innovate, take risks, and do everything necessary to produce quite inspirational works. Gerry’s legacy is that he inspired so many people and continues to bring so much joy to so many millions of people around the world.”
Anderson’s unique style of filmmaking influenced the imaginations and careers of countless creatives that succeeded him, and his productions continue to be shown around the world to new generations of fans.
You can see some original Thunderbirds TV action in this Dire Straits video which was co-produced by Anderson.
By the time “Team America: World Police” came out, I had matured enough to appreciate such things.
From the obituary above:
He also worked as a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer’s Society, helping to raise awareness of the disease and much-needed funds for the society.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in his memory.
I hope no one else here is sick enough to find that last sentence funny the way I do. By the way, that links to a UK organization. I’m sure a donation in his memory to a US organization would also be appreciated.