Gerald Potterton, a director, and animator from London who helped create the iconic “Liverpool” scene in the 1968 Beatles movie Yellow Submarine and produced the 1981 animated cult classic Heavy Metal, passed away today in a Quebec hospital. He was 91 years old when he died.
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Who is Gerald Potterton?
Gerald Potterton is a British-Canadian filmmaker, writer, producer, and animator. He is well known for animating Yellow Submarine and directing the cult movie Heavy Metal. Potterton, a London native, studied at the Hammersmith Art School.
In 1955, he relocated to Canada from England. Potterton currently resides in Cowansville, Quebec, Canada, where he continues to work as a producer of both live-action and animated films. He keeps painting landscapes and aviation-related topics, being influenced by Quebec’s pastoral Eastern Townships.
Potterton joined the NFB in 1954 where he directed both animated and live-action movies after working as an assistant animator in London. He worked with Buster Keaton on The Railrodder in 1965 and Harold Pinter on Pinter’s People in 1969.
Gerald Potterton Cause Of Death: How Did He Die?
What was Gerald Potterton cause of death? The cause of Gerald Potterton death has not been revealed yet. However checks are been made to identify what really happened to the British–Canadian director, writer, producer, and animator. Before he died he had an estimated net worth of $ 5 million.
His death was announced by the National Film Board of Canada. No cause was stated.
“Gerald came to Canada and the NFB to be part of a new wave of storytelling, one that was fresh and irreverent, and he brought great wit and creativity to every project,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Chairperson and Government Film Commissioner, in a statement. “He was also a builder, helping to lay the foundation for today’s independent Canadian animation industry with Potterton Productions…He was an exceptional artist and a truly nice man.”