Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson Dead at Age 83

Posted by at 11:20 am on December 27, 2012

Gerry Anderson, known for creating the British puppet adventure TV show Thunderbirds, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Anderson’s son Jamie made the announcement on his personal blog, where he wrote the TV creator “died peacefully in his sleep at midday.” Anderson had battled dementia the previous two years, a condition that had worsened during the past six months.
His crowning achievement, Thunderbirds originally aired in the U.K. for two seasons from 1965-66 and was produced by Anderson’s AP Films. It centered on a family of adventurers, the Tracys, as they respond to disasters via their International Rescue service.

“Thunderbirds are go!” were among the show’s catchphrases. Jamie Anderson thanked his father’s fans for their support and the “happy childhood memories” they shared of his father’s work. “I know Dad would have been blown away by the support, positivity, and kind words,” the younger Anderson wrote. “I think the saddest thing would have been if he had passed without being noticed, but the response has been the total opposite.”

After finding work in the film industry scarce, Anderson received his break in 1957 when he was asked to create the puppet show The Adventures of Twizzle. He also co-created, wrote for and executive produced the mid-’70s series Space: 1999. Other credits include Stingray and Joe 90.
A number of notables paid tribute to the TV creator and his unique style of “supermarionation,” many noting the effect his work had on their childhoods.

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