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Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson Dies
Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson has died at the age of 83.
His son Jamie said he died peacefully in his sleep at midday on Boxing Day in a nursing home, having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years.
"We've been really, really touched by just the outpouring of gratitude for what Dad did for TV in this country," Jamie Anderson told Sky News.
Anderson also created Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90 and Space: 1999.
Nick Williams, the chairman of Fanderson - a Gerry Anderson appreciation society - said: "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 was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened over the past six months.
Having already decided with his family on a care home for himself earlier this year, he moved in there in October.
Until recently Anderson remained interested and involved in the film industry, keen to re-visit some of his earlier successes using the latest technology available.
His last producer credit came in 2005 on New Captain Scarlet, a CGI-animated re-imagining of his 1967 Supermarionation series, which premiered on ITV in the UK.
Most recently he worked as a consultant on a Hollywood remake of his 1969 series UFO, directed by Matthew Gratzner.
He also worked as a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society, helping to raise awareness of the disease and funds for the society.
Anderson, who lived in Oxfordshire, leaves three children from former marriages, Joy, Linda and Gerry Junior, his son Jamie and widow Mary.
Fanderson is planning to pay a full tribute to him at the FAB 74 event next March.
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Made some great kids stuff. I used to be glued to the box. Very sad he's gone.
ive dusted off my tracey island . true ledgend
Thanks for entertaining me as a kid Jerry!. RIP
A brilliant creator, a sad loss. RIP Gerry.
Passing of a legend. RIP
RIP to a great legend, you will never be forgoton, still love your program's and I all ways will xxx
loved the programme as a child.
Sorry to learn of his condition prior to his death. My kids and many from the 1960s have every reason to be grateful to the legendry creator of Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, Stingray and Thunderbirds TV series. This was way ahead of Pixar, DreamWorks and CGI but he and his wife and team created really watchable shows for kids and their parents. Some of the model equipment conceptions were absolutely brilliant! R.I.P Gerry Anderson indeed a master of visual entertainment.
In my eyes terrorhawks,stingray and captain scarlet were masterpieces. I used to love watching the tv on a saturday morning in the 80's( re-runs of stingray and captain scarlet)as a young lad and hearing the phrases ' terrorhawks this is an emergency stay on this channel!' , ' stand by for action' or just seeing a long dark alley with footsteps walking down it as captain scarlet started. But for me personally terrorhawks was my favorite. Lets face it everyone needs a battalion of zeroids like sgt.major zero and a talking rollsroyce called hudson.
Sad loss another legend gone
Four feather falls. Fireball XL5, Supercar. Absolute gems from the early sixties. Beats the CGI garbage , hands down. George Lucas owes this man a lot, let's face it. Yus M'lady....... priceless
Someone without whom my childhood would not have been the same.
oh well we've still got Teletubbies. Took me years to figure out why stingray kept passing the same underwater rock formations on every mission. What a legacy left for generations.
R.I.P Gerry fantastic kids programs
Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds the magic of my childhood. A true creative legend R.I.P. Gerry