Gene Deitch


Birthday August 8, 1924

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Chicago, IL

DEATH DATE Apr 16, 2020 (95)

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Award winning animator, who, in 1981, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his work on the film Munro.

Before Fame

Prior to working as an animator, he spent several years as an amateur sound recordist, working with artists like Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker.


He was honored with the Annie Award by ASIFA Hollywood for a life-long contribution to Animation.

Family Life

He had three children with his second wife Zdenka Deitch.

Associated With

He and director Chris Saunders both won Oscars for Best Animated Feature.