Peter Fernandez. He died on July 15th at the age of 83 due to lung cancer.
Peter had an incredibly long and fruitful career in show-business that began when he was 7 years old. He was in film, radio, and on Broadway, but he is probably best known today for his work in bringing adaptations of Japanese animation to the rest of the world. He worked on titles like the original Astro Boy and Gigantor as well as the live action Ultraman, and his directorial leadership on Speed Racer clearly crafted a pop-culture legacy that endures to this day.
He was a great guy who never looked down on the work that he did. We will all miss him, but his legacy will likely live on for decades to come. I highly recomend everyone read Mike Toole's "Voice of Many Generations" on ANN as a great way of understanding the scope of his life's work.
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New York Times