Oscar winning Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch dies aged 95 at his apartment in Prague



Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch has sadly passed away aged 95.
The Oscar-winning illustrator passed away on Thursday night at his apartment in Prague.
His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press that he died ‘unexpectedly.’
Gene, who’s full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch, directed 13 episodes of beloved children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry and some from the series Popeye.
Gene worked as a draftsman for North American Aviation before being drafted for the military and entering pilot training.
After being discharged for medical reasons, the illustrator then based himself in Prague from 1959 and his career took off.
His movie Munro won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960.
He was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship.
Earlier, he had created the Tom Terrific series, while the Sidney’s Family Tree, which he co-produced was nominated for an Academy Award in 1958.
Gene is survived by his wife and three sons from his first marriage, all of whom are cartoonists.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share condolences and express how much his work meant to them.
One shared: ‘It makes me so happy that Gene Deitch is finally getting the attention he deserved. he was so much more than the “Tom & Jerry” reputation he built up. he’ll forever be missed’
Another penned: ‘I’m so disheartened to hear about gene deitch. may he rest in peace, and may his legacy continue to be honored for decades to come’

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31 thoughts on “Oscar winning Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch dies aged 95 at his apartment in Prague

  1. I've never heard of this but his show was one of my childhood. He was a legend this whole time… Im not crying,it's just sad that he died at 95… R.I.P Gene Deitch 1924-2020

    We won't forget him.😔

  2. Just hope you all realise he only produced 12 easily forgettable and terrible T & J shorts in the 1960's. Most of the credit for Tom & Jerry goes to Hanna Barbara and Fred Quimby with over 200 shorts produced in the 1940's and '50's – all well before Deitch.

  3. Do you guys realize that he's not the one who did the Tom and Jerry shown in video? It's the WEIRD season of Tom and Jerry. Look it up.

  4. what happened to 2020 there’s alot of legend dying right now my childhood is breaking apart im so sad right now i wish we can go back to 2015 😖😢😭

  5. You should remember that word
    Same thing make us laugh
    Same thing make us cry
    Maybe some user also know that word by play GTA sa

  6. Thanks for wonderful cartoon….. Honorable thanks for the legend…… For making our childhood memorable….. May your soul Rest in peace sir…..

  7. Longos Family love Tom and Jerry so much❤️
    😭 Thank you Sir Gene Deitch❤️🙏🙏you are our childhood 🙏🙏
    We still watch Tom and Jerry in Cartoon Network and Boomerang Channel ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Your so honoured person sir….. We love tom and Jerry… We enjoyed our childhood days by urs creativity episodes

    RIP sir

  9. Jane Ditch designed only 16 episodes of Tom and Jerry and she is the strangest of ideas despite her beauty The 300 most famous episodes and all of the videos presented in this video are made by William Hana and Joseph Barbera, Check the information before posting Write a review (Tom and Jerry Jane Ditch) and watch the 16 strangest episodes of this cartoon

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