The best director of the unforgettable Tom & Jerry, the Oscar-winning illustrator, one and only Gene Deitch has died at the age of 95. He passed away in his flat, located in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Those who investigated the case said that the cause of death hadn’t been given yet.
Gene’s Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, announced the news, claiming that the death was ‘unexpected.’
R.I.P Gene Deitch (1924-2020) pic.twitter.com/QOTDmZgAq3
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The full name of the unique creator is Eugene Merrill Deitch. He was a North American Aviation’s draftsman, and then he was drafted for the military and entered pilot training.
In 1944, Gene was discharged because of medical reasons. Once he was released, he started the beginnings in his animation career, as he began to work in the commercial art world.
Furthermore, in 1958, the film Sidney’s Family Tree brought him a nomination for an Academy Award. Gene attended the Academy Award manifestation as a person whose film was nominated in the category of Best Animated Short Film. Also, he was nominated in the same category for the film Munro in 1960, and two times more in 1964, for the movies Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship.
In his career, Eugene Merrill Deitch worked as creative director at Terrytoons, under 20th Century Fox, and it was the place of the creation of Sidney the Elephant, Gaston Le Crayon, Clint Clobber, and Terr’ble Thompson.
R.I.P Gene Deitch. You lived the artist life and impacted countless generations. It’ll never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/41WVYgaIrl
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He continued with his work with Rembrandt Films during the 1960s and produced many Popeye cartoons, and dozen Tom & Jerry shorts.
Also, he was a co-producer and directed a series of King Features’ Krazy Kat shorts for TV, and also made an original series for children – The Bluffers.
The wife of Gene is still alive, as well as his three sons that he had with his first wife.
Rest in peace, Gene!
You will never be forgotten.
Feature Image Credit (Priyanka Hemanti Bhatt)