Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch Biography Gene Deitch Wiki
Unfortunately, Tom and Jerry’s director, Gene Deitch, died. The Oscar winner died on Thursday evening in his apartment in Prague.
— CartoonBrew.com – Animation News (@cartoonbrew) April 17, 2020
Gene Deitch Age
He was 95 years old.
Gene Deitch Real Name “Eugene Merrill Deitch”
His Czech publisher Petr Himmel told the Associated Press that he “died unexpectedly”. Gene, whose full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch, made 13 episodes of the popular children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry and some from the Popeye series.
Gene Deitch Career
Gene worked as a designer for North American aviation before he was recruited into the military and trained as a pilot. After being released for medical reasons, the illustrator moved to Prague in 1959 and his career began.
Gene Deitch Winning Oscar Award
His film Munro won the Oscar for the best animated short film in 1960.
Gene Deitch Other Nominations
He was also nominated twice for the same award for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship in 1964. Previously, he created the Tom Terrific series, while Sidney’s Family Tree, which he co-produced, was nominated for an Oscar in 1958.
Gene Deitch Family
Gene is survived by his wife and three sons from their first marriage, all cartoonists.
Gene Deitch Twitter
The fans went to Twitter to express their condolences and how important his work was to them.
One of them said: “ It makes me so happy that Gene Deitch finally gets the attention he deserves. It was much more than the “Tom & Jerry” reputation he had built. we will always miss him ‘
Another wrote: “I am so disappointed to hear about the genetic disorder. It rests in peace and its legacy will be recognized in the coming decades.”