Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thunderbirds, UFO Creator Dies In Britain

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM


Who knows why Thunderbirds was such a worldwide phenomenon?

It's puppetry was old-school. The dialogue was laughable. Yet, Thunderbirds was a cult-status sci-fi series that was a pretty big hit in the U.S. and a giant smash in the United Kingdom.

So it was big news this morning on the BBC when they announced that Gerry Anderson, the creator and director of Thunderbirds, had died at the age of 83 after battling Alzheimer's disease.

Anderson's son Jamie wrote on his blog that his father "had died peacefully in his sleep at midday today ... having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years."

Anderson started his television career in the 1950s, creating the popular shows Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions. But it was Thunderbirds, about a daring rescue squad based on a Pacific island, that became an instant hit when it debuted in 1965.

The phrase, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations.

Anderson also created live-action programs such as UFO and Space: 1999.

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