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Gerry Anderson, known the world over as the film and television producer of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space:1999 amongst many others, has died at the age of 83.

On hearing the news the chairman of Fanderson Nick Williams paid tribute to him:

“To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man. 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’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.

Gerry was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened quite dramatically over the past six months. Having already decided with his family on a care home for himself earlier this year, he moved in there in October.

Until very recently Anderson remained interested and involved in the film industry, keen to re-visit some of his earlier successes using the latest technology available. His last producer credit came in 2005 on New Captain Scarlet, a CGI-animated re-imagining of his 1967 Supermarionation series, which premiered on ITV in the UK. Most recently he worked as a consultant on a Hollywood remake of his 1969 series UFO, directed by Matthew Gratzner.

He also worked as a celebrity ambassador for The Alzheimer’s Society, helping to raise awareness of the disease and much-needed funds for the society.

He was very keen that if people wished to celebrate his life, or his contribution to television and entertainment in any way - that they should donate money to the Alzheimer's Society in his memory.

Gerry leaves three children from former marriages, Joy, Linda and Gerry Junior, his son Jamie and widow Mary.

Updates 2

What an incredible response: thank you everyone for your donations and kind words in memory of Dad.

05/01/13 18:46

The response we have received has been absolutely incredible. Thank you everyone for your kind words, photos, emails, tweets and calls. We are totally lost for words.

26/12/12 19:09

Raising money for

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society

Charity Registration No. 296645

Alzheimer's Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, their families and carers. To find out more about fundraising for the Society log on to www.alzheimers.org.uk

Donations 138

Donation by Anonymous on 27/01/14

His work had a big impact and brought a lot of pleasure. We'll never see anything like it again. He won't be forgotten, my boys love Thunderbirds!

Donation by Aidan (43), Henry (4) and George (2) on 16/01/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

I lost my mother to Alzheimers just before Christmas and thought that this was a good way to give to the charity. I was lucky enough to see Gerry Anderson's TV shows in the 60's. The best childhood.

Donation by Steve Greenwood on 06/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Message for Jamie. I have a black "bomber jacket" with your father's name engraved on it - and a logo for the series SPACE PRECINCT. I would like to give this to you to auction for this good cause

Donation by Hugh Harlow on 02/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Dom Martin on 01/08/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Gerry Anderson made so many enjoyable and amazing programs, that I loved. So sad he ended with the terrible disease.

Donation by Steve Vernon on 31/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Your Father inspired me to work within the Tv industry

Donation by Ian JACKLIN on 28/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I make this small donation in memory of a man whose creativity brought such excitement to both my childhood and adult years.

Donation by Gary Dexter on 22/04/13

I was proud to have known such an inspirational, humble man. He gave me and millions of others so many ingenious, happy moments. Thank you Gerry!

Donation by ABBID CHAUDHRY on 20/04/13

$20.00

Donation by Stephen Fyles on 25/03/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

It's as much as I can do to pay tribute to Gerry's F.A.B. mind, which continues to fight the Alzheimer's in spirit.

Donation by Mark Pattison on 25/03/13

£5.00

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The very least I can do as a tribute to a man who filled my childhood with such wonder... S.I.G. Captain... :)

Donation by Richard Thomas on 25/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Tom Huang on 14/03/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Your programmes gave me much joy during my childhood. I am now a product designer and I know your wonderful machines influenced my career choice.

Donation by David McNeill on 27/02/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 05/02/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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RIP Gerry. We will miss you. Sincere condolences to Mary and Jamie. Lots of love Naomi, Rafal, Jacob, Isaac, Sebastian, Dominic and Rachel. xxx

Donation by Naomi Opalinska on 24/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 20/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Sharon Evans on 16/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Marilyn Goldsworthy on 16/01/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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WITH LOVE FROM VELMA & FAMILY

Donation by craig barwick on 15/01/13

Donation by Tom Sachs on 15/01/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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A hugely inspirational man who did many great things in his life. I wish I'd had opportunity to meet him. FAB Gerry

Donation by Ross Ironfield on 14/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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His vision inspired me to become an engineer working on massive underground projects. I don't think we'll see anyone like him again.

Donation by Andrew Hindmarch on 13/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Gerry was a kind generous gentleman who helped and supported me whilst I worked at the Air Ambulance. Sincere condolences to you and Mary x

Donation by Stevie Horton on 11/01/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,634.24
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,634.24
  • Gift Aid£720.89

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