Big Hero 6 screenwriter Daniel Gerson dies aged 49

As much as we love video games here at Player Attack, we love films too – and we have some sad news from the world of Pixar today. Screenwriter Daniel Gerson, who was behind a number of the studio’s biggest hits – including the Academy Award-winning big-screen adaptation of Big Hero 6 – has died aged 49.

Sergeant Gerson from Big Hero 6

Sergeant Gerson from Big Hero 6

Gerson’s writing credits include Monsters University and Big Hero 6 with his writing partner Robert L. Baird, with the pair also contributing to Chicken Little, Cars, Meet the Robinsons, Up, Inside Out and Open Season. He also snuck into the voice acting booth on a few occasions, as company janitors Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc, and the desk sergeant in Big Hero 6.

Prior to his work at Pixar, he was a staff writer for TV comedies, and enjoyed tap dancing, drumming and musical theatre.

Gerson died at home after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife and two children, and has one more treat in store for us – with Baird, he co-wrote the screenplay for Cars 3, due out next year.

If you are a fan of Gerson’s work, please consider making a donation to Dr. Linda Liau at UCLA’s Brain Tumor Program.

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