According to media reports, Gene Deitch the osar winning illustrator and animator of the
famous cartoon series “Tom and Jerry” has reportedly past away at the age of 95, leaving
behind his wife and three sons. According to his publisher, Petr Himmel, Deitch passed away in his apartment in Prague where it was said that he had created some of his best work.
Eugene Merrill Deitch was born on 8 August 1924 in Chicago and was famous for his work in popular children’s cartoon shos including Popeye the Sailor Man. Munro, Tome Terrific and Nudnik. Further, he had directed 13 episodes of the famous show Tome and Jerry as well as many episodes of Popeye the Sailor Man series. From 1945 to 1951, Gene contributed covers and interior art to jazz magazine The auto-changer . In the 1950s, Gene was an early supporter and audio engineer for Connie Converse, one among the primary American singer-songwriters.
Some of his most notable achievements include an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film for his film Munro, several nominations including nominations of the same category twice in one year for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship in 1964. He also won an Academy Award in 1953 for co-producing the show, Sidney’s Family Tree. He won the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation in 2014.
“Thousands grieve all over the world”
Many grieving fans took to Twitter to reminisce and remember the talented Deitch, recounting the numerous hours and days spent watching his classics. Even today’s generation appreciates his illustrations and work.