Wednesday, December 26, 2012

RIP: Gerry Anderson, Thunderbirds creator dies at 83

Dec. 26, 2012 - The Brit who created the 1960s hit TV show "Thunderbirds" died today at the age of 83. Thunderbirds became a cult classic, as did his other creations "UFO" and "Space: 1999." Anderson's death was announced by his son Jamie in a blog post today:

"I’m very sad to announce the death of my father, Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson. He died peacefully in his sleep at midday today (26th December 2012), having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years. He was 83. Please make donations in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Society via this just giving link:"

Jamie Anderson linked to an obituary "kindly written by his fan club: Fanderson."

"In addition to the shows mentioned above and many others," notes Giant Freekin Robot, "Anderson was probably best known as for his use of 'supermarionation,' the use of marionette puppets in shows such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions. The shows and the supermarionation process have been referenced and parodied many times in the years since, notably in the 2004 movie Team America: World Police, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone."

UFO was a 1970 British science fiction television series about a secret military organization which defends the Earth from Alien invaders, created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson. Watch the show's first episode.  Space: 1999 was about Moonbase Alpha, a multinational scientific research facility that finds itself on a Moon without an Earth, wandering through the cosmos. Watch the show's first episode.)

The first video below includes an interview with Gerry Anderson, Ed Bishop and the cast about the making of the 1970's TV series UFO....

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