Tom and Jerry director Gene Deitch dies

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The director of Tom and Jerry Gene Deitch died at the age of 95.

The Oscar winner passed away on Thursday night at his apartment in Prague in the Little Quarter area.

His Czech publisher Petr Himmel said: “He died “unexpectedly”.

Gene, whose full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch, directed 13 episodes of Tom and Jerry and several episodes of the series Popeye.

The animator and illustrator won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Munro in 1960.

He was then nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for his movies Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship

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