Remembering Director, Gerald Potterton, dies at 91

Gerald Potterton was a British–Canadian director, writer, producer, and animator who was best known for directing the cult classic Heavy Metal and his animation work on Yellow Submarine.

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What Caused the Death of Gerald Potterton?

Potterton died on August 23, 2022, at the age of 91. Potterton passed away at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec, on August 23. According to a statement released by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) after learning of Gerald’s passing, he joined Canada and the NFB to be a part of a new age of storytelling that was innovative and irreverent.

Gerald brought great wit and originality to every film. He was a builder who assisted in developing the independent Canadian animation industry through Potterton Productions.

According to Claude Joli-Coeur, chairperson of the NFB and government film commissioner, he was a wonderful artist and a genuinely nice man.

Before directing his own iconic shorts, such as the Stephen Leacock adaptation My Financial Career in 1962 and Christmas Cracker in 1963, which he co-directed with Norman McLaren, Jeff Hale, and Grant Munro, he did the animation for NFB films in the 1950s. Both movies received Academy Award nominations.

Gerald Potterton Age, Family, and Early Life

Gerald Potterton was born on March 8, 1931, in London, England. He was 91 years old at the time of his death. He emigrated from England to live in Canada in 1955. However, We don’t know any detailed information about his parents because so little about his personal life has been revealed online.

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Due to the fact that his personal life is not extensively discussed on his Wikipedia page, His personal life has not been widely documented online at this time, making it difficult to find specific information about him. We are therefore unable to provide you with any current information about his life. Once we learn more about him, we will update whatever is relevant to him.

Gerald Potterton’s Career, What was his Profession?

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.

He directed live-action and animated segments for Sesame Street and The Electric Company in the early 1970s, among other things. Producer Ivan Reitman hired him to helm the animated film Heavy Metal in 1981. In Los Angeles, New York, London, Montreal, and Ottawa, more than a thousand artists, animators, and technicians from seventeen nations were managed by Potterton.

He continued to produce animated and live-action films for television and video during the 1980s and 1990s. This production business, which was founded in 1968, created both live-action and animated movies. Potterton held the position of vice-president of the International Association of Animated Films.

He was an accomplished Royal Canadian Academy member. He earned The Buster Award at The Buster Keaton Celebration in September 2002. Potterton was given the Pulcinella Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Cartoons on the Bay International Festival of Television Animation in Salerno, Italy, in April 2008.

Which school and college did he go to?

According to his Wikipedia page, He attended the Hammersmith Art School.

Gerald Potterton Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of this person is currently unclear due to the lack of publicly accessible personal information. Several online sites claim varying amounts of his net worth, leading us to believe that he had an average net worth of $1 to $5 million.

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Gerald Potterton Wife, What about his relationship?

He appears to be married, but there is no solid evidence to support this since he kept his personal life private while he was alive, and as a result, we are unaware of his wife or any children.

Was he available on any social media platforms?

We did not find him on other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we assume he might not be available on it or might be available with a different username.

We will update this section if we get any leads in the future regarding his social media presence on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or any other platforms.

Physical Appearance of  Gerald Potterton’s Height, Weight

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Hair ColourWhite
Eye ColourHazel
Body typeFit
Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Gerald Potterton’s should be known

Nationality British–Canadian
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Net Worth$1 to $5 million
Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedN / A
Current SpouseN / A
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