Gene Deitch, the Oscar-winning animator, filmmaker, and illustrator behind classic cartoons like Tom and Jerry and Popeye has died at the age of 95.
The news was confirmed by his Czech publisher, Petr Himmel. Deitch died unexpectedly at his home in Prague on Thursday night, but no further details or cause of death has yet been provided.
Deitch was born in Chicago in 1924 but moved to California as a child. After a brief military career, he quickly made his name in the world of animation and began to receive recognition from those within his industry.
Deitch claimed the Academy Award in the animated short category for his film Munro in 1960, he was then nominated for the same award twice more for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship in 1964.
He had also been nominated for an Oscar in 1958 for Sidney’s Family Tree.
However, he is most famously known for his work on the classic cartoons Popeye and Tom and Jerry.
He even managed to direct 13 episodes of Tom and Jerry, and some of the Popeye the Sailor series from behind the Iron Curtain.