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Bob Walker, "Brother Bear" Director, 1961 - 2015

Bob Walker

Disney artist and director Robert “Bob” Walker passed away on April 1, 2015, at the age of 54 in California, with a heart attack being the likely cause of death. The Toronto native grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Sheridan College’s animation program, going to work Atkinson Film-Art after graduation where he worked on […]

Stan Freberg, 1926 - 2015

Stan Freberg

The Hollywood Reporter notes the passing of Stan Freberg — satirist, author, recording artist, voiceover actor, comedian, puppeteer, and advertising creative director — at the age of 88 due to natural causes. He began a career in animation voiceover shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School in 1944, working for Warner Bros. as Pete Puma, […]

Sam Simon, "Simpsons" Co-Creator, 1955 - 2015

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Sam Simon, former writer and producer of The Simpsons, passed away on Sunday after a bout with colon cancer. He was 59. Mr. Simon, along with creator Matt Groening and producer James L. Brooks, helped turn the show into the longest running show on television. He won 9 Emmys for his […]

Gordon Kent, R.I.P.

Gordon Kent

Several websites are marking the passing of longtime animation industry veteran Gordon Kent on Thursday, March 5, 2015, after a long bout with cancer. Mr. Kent began working in animation immediately after college on CBS Storybreak. In his long career in the industry, he worked as a writer, producer, director, storyboard artist, animation timing director, […]

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock Actor, 1931 - 2015

Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock

Actor Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the age of 83 due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier in the week due to chest pains. Mr. Nimoy was best known for his role as the logical Vulcan Mr. Spock on the Star Trek television series starting […]

Monty Oum, Rooster Teeth Director/Animator, 1981 - 2015

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Rooster Teeth Animation director and animator Monty Oum passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the age of 33. He fell into a coma after an allergic reaction during a medical procedure and never recovered. Mr. Oum rose to prominence with a video made in 2007 called “Haloid,” in which a Spartan from the […]

Christine Cavanaugh, Actor, 1963 - 2014

Christine Cavanaugh 1963 - 2014

Various news outlets are reporting the passing of actor Christine Cavanaugh on December 22, 2014, at the age of 51 at her home in Cedar City, UT, of undisclosed causes. She was born on August 16, 1963, in Utah and began her career as an actor in 1988, with her first prominent role coming in […]

Martha Goldman Sigall, Termite Terrace Animator, 1917 - 2014

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Animation historian Jerry Beck reports on the passing of Martha Goldman Sigall, a veteran of the animation industry who worked mainly as a painter and inker (along with numerous other tasks) for studios including Leon Schlesinger Productions (a.k.a., the Termite Terrace that produced the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons), the MGM Cartoon Department, […]

Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR's "Car Talk," 1937 - 2014

Tom Magliozzi

The Car Talk weblog is reporting that Tom Magliozzi has passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. With his younger brother Ray, the Magliozzi’s hosted NPR’s Car Talk radio show from 1977 to 2012, where the two dispensed advice on car repair, relationships, and […]

Elizabeth Peña, Actor, 1959 - 2014

Elizabeth Peña

Groundbreaking Hispanic actor Elizabeth Peña has passed away at the age of 55 of natural causes after a brief illness in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, on September 23, 1959, to Cuban immigrant parents, Peña’s career began early on the New York theater scene and graduation from the High School of Performing Arts, […]

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