Gene Deitch: Brain Behind Beloved Tom & Jerry Cartoon Show Dies at 95

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Renowned American illustrator Gene Deitch has died at the age of 95.

Gene Deitch is the brain behind some of the best animations of of the 19th century, including the famous Tom and Jerry cartoon show.

His death was made known by his Czech publisher, Petr Himmel who confirmed that the Academy award-winning director died unexpectedly in his apartment, according to the Daily Mail.

Born in August 8, 1924, in Chicago, Deitch is survived by his estranged wife and three sons who are all animators.

Gene Deitch is the brain behind some of the best animations of of the 19th century, including the famous Tom and Jerry cartoon show.

Gene, who’s full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch, directed 13 episodes of beloved children’s cartoon, Tom and Jerry which first featured on American production company MGM in 1961.

His movie ‘Munro’ won an Oscar Academy
Award in 1960 for Best Animated Short Film. He is also known for the series ‘Popeye the Sailor’.

Since his death, fans have taken to Twitter to share condolences and express how much his comedy and animatic work meant to them.

Check out their reaction below:

Photo Credit: Daily Mail


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