Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with some sad news. As I'm sure most of you already know, we've lost a great. The late great Gerry Anderson, creator of such imaginative shows as THUNDERBIRDS, STINGRAY, SPACE: 1999, and JOE 90 has unfortunately moved on from this world. His television shows, with a unique brand of puppetry and a flair for the spectacular have touched the lives and imaginations of millions. His spirit will live on in the immortal stories he helped create and will be sure to inspire future generations to think outside the box.
From (Anderson's son) Jamie Anderson's website: "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."
Anderson was born "Gerald Alexander Abrahams" in Bloomsbury, London, England and began working in televison in the 1950's with THE ADVENTURES OF TWIZZLE, a show where that followed a boy who could extend (or "twizzle) his arms to help get out of tight spots. Anderson then went on to create some of the more iconic imagery we think of with modern marionnette puppetry. Films like TEAM AMERICA (almost a very literal love letter to Anderson's aesthetic) would not have been possible. There's a magic that Anderson was able to capture with the use of some wood and string, a true artist who could deliver incredible visuals with seemingly ancient tools.
While he has had a significant impact on television and children's stories, he has had an exceptional impact on the lives of many generations of UK especially. He will be greatly missed.
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- Mike McCutchen