Gene Deitch, Oscar-Winning Animator Of Tom And Jerry,Popeye Cartoons, Dies At 95A cause of death has not yet been revealed, though at least one family member has claimed the animator’s passing was not caused by COVID-19.
THE beloved animator behind classic cartoons including Tom & Jerry, Popeye and more has passed away at the age of 95.
Gene Deitch was in quarantine with his wife at the time at their residence in Prague, and posted a smiling selfie of himself just days before his death.
Eugene Merril Deitch was born in Chicago in 1924, but moved out to Los Angeles soon after, where he attended school.Upon graduating from Los Angeles High School he began drawing blueprints for North American Aviation.
Gene worked a variety of jobs over the next decade before taking an apprenticeship at United Productions of America.
He was 31 at the time, but soon found himself leading the creative team for the Terrytoons brand.
At the same time he also had a daily comic strip for the character Terr’ble Thompson.
Then, in 1958, Gene was nominated for an Academy Award for his animated short film Sidney’s Family Tree.
His time at UOA was brief, and he was fired after a little over three years with the company.
Gene then set up his own firm that handled advertising campaigns before entering back into the animated feature world in 1959, agreeing to move to Prague to work for Rembrandt Films.
That company agreed to produce Gene’s passion project, Munro.
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