Creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson Dies at 83

Most famous for creating Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Space: 1999, Gerry Anderson passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83, having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years. This news was revealed by his son Jamie Anderson, on his website, and he asked that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in his father’s memory.

Thunderbirds originally aired in the UK in 1965. The marionette series inspired the Kagaku Kyujotai Techno Voyager television anime in 1982; Anderson was not directly involved in this project, but the English-dubbed version was renamed to Thunderbirds 2086. Anderson was, however, the original creator of the 2003 sci-fi anime Firestorm. Produced by Trans Arts Co. and MADHOUSE, Firestorm is about a military group Storm Force 9, which is set up to protect Earth from an opposing faction, the Black Hawk, and their alien co-operators.

Anderson also founded the company AP Films, which, in 1957, became Century 21 Productions; the company worked on many titles, including the live-action UFO and the puppet production Joe 90.


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