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article imageThunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson has died

By Tim Sandle     Dec 26, 2012 in Entertainment
Gerry Anderson, the creator of popular TV shows, many involving puppets and models, including 'Thunderbirds', 'Stingray' and 'Joe 90', has died at the age of 83
Sky News has reported that Gerry Anderson has died (on December 26). He was most famous for creating futuristic shows such as 'Thunderbirds', which involved voiced puppets. Anderson, however, also created some live-action shows like 'UFO' and 'Space: 1999'.
Anderson had suffered from Alzheimer's since 2010 and the disease had worsened in recent months. His son Jamie Anderson announced the news of his father's death on his website.
Gerry Anderson, MBE was born on 14 April 1929). He was a multi-talented British publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programs, particularly those involving a technique that he pioneered called supermarionation (a puppetry technique using puppets called marionettes, suspended on wires).
Amongst the shows Anderson created were: 'Supercar (1961–62)', which was his first Supermarionation production; 'Fireball XL5' (1962–63); 'Stingray' (1964–65); 'Thunderbirds' (1965–66); 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' (1967–68); 'Joe 90' (1968–69); 'The Secret Service' (1969); 'UFO' (1970–71); 'Space: 1999' (1975–77) and 'Terrahawks' (1983–84, 1986).
Later, in the 1990s, 'Thunderbirds' was revived as two feature length movies using live actors ('Thunderbirds Are Go' and 'Thunderbird 6').
In his last years Anderson undertook several activities in support of Alzheimer's research. Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer's Society, is quoted by the Independent as saying: "Gerry Anderson has been an outstanding supporter of Alzheimer's Society and campaigner on behalf of people with dementia.
"He was determined, despite his own recent diagnosis, to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved.
"With the support of his family, Gerry tirelessly attended events around the country to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for a cure.
"The last time I saw Gerry was at the start of our annual Memory Walk in September where he was our guest of honour and star starter alongside Carey Mulligan.
"Gerry, accompanied and supported by his son Jamie, stayed to speak to the crowds, wave off the walkers and shake hands with the many friends and fans who had come to meet him.
"Gerry Anderson will be missed not only by the worldwide fans of his TV shows, but by all of us at Alzheimer's Society who he has inspired to continue in our work to ultimately defeat dementia.
"Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Mary, son Jamie and all the Anderson family."
The official fan club for Anderson, as reported the Guardian, posted the following dedication: "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."
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