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Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies

Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died at the age of 83, his son has announced.

Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010, and his condition had worsened in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said.

Gerry Anderson also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Thunderbirds was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965.

Jamie Anderson announced the news on his website, saying his father had died peacefully in his sleep at noon on Wednesday.

"Gerry was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened quite dramatically over the past six months.

"Having already decided with his family on a care home for himself earlier this year, he moved in there in October," Jamie Anderson said.

Gerry Anderson spoke publicly about his disease in June 2012.

Speaking on BBC Berkshire he said: "I don't think I realised at all. It was my wife Mary who began to notice that I would do something quite daft like putting the kettle in the sink and waiting for it to boil."

He was a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society.

His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.

Anderson, who lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, began his career studying fibrous plastering, but had to give it up when it gave him dermatitis.

After a spell in photographic portrait work, a job in Gainsborough films and time spent in air traffic control, he set up AP Films with some friends.

Commissions were few however, so he responded eagerly to the opportunity to make a puppet series called The Adventures of Twizzle in 1956. It was eight years before Thunderbirds came into being on ITV.

Thunderbirds marked the career apex for Gerry and his wife Sylvia, who had honed their supermarionation technique on Fireball XL5 and Stingray.

The story revolves around International Rescue, a futuristic emergency service manned by the Tracy family, often assisted by Lady Penelope - voiced by Mrs Anderson - and her butler, Parker.

It inspired the catchphrase of "Thunderbirds are go!"

by Anonymousreply 1612/30/2012


by Anonymousreply 112/26/2012

Moonbase Alpha...giant nuclear explosion...

by Anonymousreply 212/26/2012

Too bad.

Boy, the final week of 2012 has been brutal to famous people - and it may not be over yet.

by Anonymousreply 312/26/2012

He made sure the '60s were fabulous even for little kids. And the "veddy" British sensibility of his live action works like UFO and Space:1999 lent a Euro-chic to '70s television.

by Anonymousreply 412/27/2012

I thought he was older than that.

Last time I saw him interviewed was in the 1990's with his youngest son where he admitted his son preferred 'Doctor Who' to any of the shows he created!

by Anonymousreply 512/27/2012

[quote] Moonbase Alpha...giant nuclear explosion...

Which my father called "that puppet show without the puppets"

by Anonymousreply 612/27/2012

Of the Tracy boys astronaut John had sensitive gay puppet-face. (He wore a lilac sash.)

Brains had Asperger's, but nobody talked about it in those days.

Lady Penelope's butler/chauffeur Parker was quite possibly a crypto-eldergay.

by Anonymousreply 712/27/2012

The man who gave us shirtless Michael Billington, shirtless Nick Tate, and those fishnet costumes in UFO. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 812/27/2012

Lucy was all set to do the Lady Penelope role, but Gary talked her out of it. He said she was too wooden for the role.

by Anonymousreply 912/27/2012

How the Brits really felt about "Supermarionation":

by Anonymousreply 1012/27/2012

There's a rumor he was planning a puppet ripoff of Coronation Street back in the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 1112/27/2012

Thunderbirds are GONE!

by Anonymousreply 1212/27/2012

THANK YOU, OP for *NOT* using *BREAKING NEWS* in your thread. It always annoys me when I see that for a relatively obscure person who lived a nice, long age.

*BREAKING NEWS*: Jack Klugman has died.

Really ?? Was he still alive ? He was 90, for pete's sake.

by Anonymousreply 1312/27/2012


by Anonymousreply 1412/30/2012

His son is a very nice young man and you can find him on Twitter. He has answered a lot of questions over the past week about his Dad.

by Anonymousreply 1512/30/2012

What I loved about the show and movies is that artificial Thunderbirds world looks so surreal. I'd love to drop acid and watch the Thunderbirds, it'd be absolutely perfect for it.

by Anonymousreply 1612/30/2012
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