Gordon Bressack: “Pinky And The Brain” Writer Dies At 68
“Pinky: Gee Brain, what are we gonna do tonight?… Brain: The same thing we do every night, try to take over the world!”
Children of the ’90s cannot forget the above phrases in a hurry and this is all thanks to prolific writer Gordon Bressack.
Unfortunately, the Emmy-winning writer of animated television series “Pinky and The Brain” has died. He was 68.
Bressack passed away on Friday, August 30 in Los Angeles after a long health battle, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Confirming the sad news, Bressacks’s son and also a filmmaker, James Cullen Bressack took to his Instagram page sharing a throwback photo of himself and the deceased with a long heartfelt note.
He wrote, “Words can’t begin to describe how I am feeling right now. You were my mentor, my writing partner, my hero, my best friend, but most of all you were my Dad.”
I will miss you more than you will ever know. I knew this day would come but somehow always thought that you would beat the odds and live forever, because that’s what you did, you beat the odds. Thank you for everything you taught me.
Thank you for being a storyteller and instilling a love of stories into me. Thank you for making me watch movie after movie when I was little and asking me questions about them. Thank you for telling me I was going to be a filmmaker before I ever even knew what that meant. You meant the world to me, you always have and you always will.
I’ll always be grateful for being able to write with the best writer I ever knew, you, and i will cherish that film for the rest of my life.
Ironically we both were writing that story about this moment today, and yet we never really told the other one. I love you, dad, to the moon and back. I’ll miss you always. RIP.
For those of you reading my dad loved to make people laugh, and im very grateful his legacy lives on through the many many cartoons he wrote and made. If you like cartoons watch an episode of pinky and the brain or anamaniacs and have a laugh in his honor. I know its what he would want.
Bressack worked on some of the most influential cartoons of the 1990s.
He was nominated for five Daytime Emmys and won three that he shared with his colleagues — outstanding achievement in animation for Animaniacs in 1996; outstanding special class animated program for Pinky and the Brain in 1999; and outstanding children’s animated program for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain in 2000.
In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Writers Guild’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award.
His credits also include Tiny Toon Adventures, The Smurfs, Mighty Max, Darkwing Duck, Bionic Six and his own creation, Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys.
Bressack is also survived by his daughters, Jackie and Samantha; his grandchild, Logan; and siblings Margi, Celia and Roger.