Award winning animator, who, in 1981, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his work on the film Munro.
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.
He had three children with his second wife Zdenka Deitch.
He and director Chris Saunders have both won Oscars for Best Animated Feature.