R.I.P. Gerry Anderson

The creator of “Thunderbirds,” “Space” 1999” and “UFO” passes away at 83.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier today, Gerry Anderson passed away. He was 83 years old.

On his blog, Jamie Anderson wrote: “I’m very sad to announce the death of my father… Gerry Anderson. He died peacefully in his sleep at midday today (26th December 2012), having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years.”

Born Gerald Alexander Abrahams on April 14 1929, Anderson got his start on television with the children’s puppet series, “The Adventures of Twizzle” in 1957. Over time, Anderson utilized the more advanced "Supermarionation" style of stop motion animation with his iconic hit, “Thunderbirds” and “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.”  

After eventually making the leap to live action, Anderson created the cult classic TV series, “Space: 1999;” which starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain as well as the sci-fi series, “UFO.”

Anderson remained active as a producer for decades, even as recently as 2005 on the computer animated TV series  “Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet.”

CraveOnline extends our condolences and best wishes to Anderson’s family, friends and fans all over the world. And in Anderson’s honor, we just want to say. ”Thunderbirds are go!”

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