Sad news today coming out of Emeryville. Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and the latest Inside Out died at his home this past Saturday. Gerson was 49, and Variety reports, lost a battle with brain cancer. Gerson also received writing credit on Disney’s Big Hero 6 and voiced the desk sergeant in that film. Fans of Pixar may also note with delight and sadness that he lent his voice to the hilarious pair Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc.
Gerson graduated from Cornell University with an English degree and worked on NBC’s “Something So Right” as a staff writer following graduation. He’s survived by his wife and parents as well as two children.
No doubt Gerson’s death is keenly felt at Pixar and Disney. He played an integral role in bringing some of the greatest animated films to life.
Dan Gerson and myself during Monsters Inc. My heart is heavy to say that he has passed on. Danny G, I will miss you. pic.twitter.com/xSnrasiFVf
— Bob Peterson (@bob__peterson) February 8, 2016
Donations in memory of Daniel Gerson can be made here.
We want to extend our deepest condolences to the Gerson family during this difficult time.