Sad news out of Britain this afternoon as Gerry Anderson, who created the cult classic television series 'Thunderbirds' in the 1960s alongside his wife, Sylvia, has passed away this morning in a nursing home near Oxfordshire.
'The Thunderbirds' featured the five members of the Tracy family, as well as Lady Penelope and her butler Parker. The characters on the series were marionette puppets and they became a worldwide sensation, as their tales of adventure all over the globe (and space) to stop evildoers found a lot of eager attention from audiences.
The show was produced by Britain's ITV for two seasons, but later became syndicated across the United States, where it became a Saturday morning staple, eventually leading to two feature length films. He was known for his iconic visual style and the use of "Supermarionation" and scale modeling.
"To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man," said Nick Williams of the Fanderson fan club in a statement posted online. "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, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, was honored with a special set of moving-image stamps in Britain in 2011. He also created 'Stingray,' 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions,' and 'Space: 1999.'
'Team America: World Police' was inspired by Anderson's work.