Jamie Anderson announces the death of his father, British television pioneer Gerry Anderson, on 26 December 2012. Born 14 April 1929 in London, England, he will be remembered as the creator of the 1960s’ supermarionation hit Thunderbirds, as well as the live-action Space: 1999 (muse for a moment on the fact that those events were set thirteen years in the past). In 2001, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Gerry Anderson, known the world over as the film and television producer of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space:1999 amongst many others, has died at the age of 83.
On hearing the news the chairman of Fanderson Nick Williams paid tribute to him:
“To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man. His desire to make the best films he could drove him and his talented teams to innovate, take risks, and do everything necessary to produce quite inspirational works. Gerry’s legacy is that he inspired so many people and continues to bring so much joy to so many millions of people around the world.”
Anderson’s unique style of filmmaking influenced the imaginations and careers of countless creatives that succeeded him, and his productions continue to be shown around the world to new generations of fans.
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.
Until very recently Anderson remained interested and involved in the film industry, keen to re-visit some of his earlier successes using the latest technology available. His last producer credit came in 2005 on New Captain Scarlet, a CGI-animated re-imagining of his 1967 Supermarionation series, which premiered on ITV in the UK. Most recently he worked as a consultant on a Hollywood remake of his 1969 series UFO, directed by Matthew Gratzner.
He also worked as a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer’s Society, helping to raise awareness of the disease and much-needed funds for the society.
Gerry leaves three children from former marriages, Joy, Linda and Gerry Junior, his son Jamie and widow Mary.
Fanderson will pay a full tribute to Gerry Anderson in FAB 74, due in March 2013.
SF/F programs he had responsibility for (as writer, producer, creator, or more) include: Captain Scarlet (2005), Lavender Castle (2000), Space Precinct (1994), Dick Spanner, P.I. (1986), Space Police (1986), Terrahawks (1983-86), Cosmic Princess (1982), Invaders from the Deep (1981), Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars (1981), Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons (1980), The Incredible Voyage of Stingray (1980), The Day After Tomorrow (1976), Alien Attack (1976), Journey Through the Black Sun (1976), UFO (1970-73), The Secret Service (1969), Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969), Thunderbird 6 (1968), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68), Stingray (1964-65), Fireball XL5 (1962-63), and Supercar (1961-62).
In addition to his writing and producing work, Anderson also appeared as a voice actor in Fireball XL5 (1962-63) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967).
Before his television production work, Anderson broke into the field as an editor on several films in the late 1940s, and then moved to sound editing in the 1950s.