Triple Oscar-winning British animator Richard Williams behind Hollywood blockbusters Roger Rabbit and Pink Panther dies aged 86
- Animator Richard Williams, 86, died at his home in St Andrews, Bristol, on Friday
- Williams was best known for hit films such as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'
- His adaptation of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in 1971 saw him win his first Oscar
- The award-winning animator was suffering from cancer leading up to his death
Richard Williams died aged 86 at his home in Bristol on Friday. He was the animation director on the 1988 blockbuster 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' - creating characters including Roger and Jessica Rabbit
Acclaimed animator Richard Williams, who worked on hit films including 'Roger Rabbit' and the 'Pink Panther', has died.
The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner, who was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Britain in the 1950s.
He died at his home in St Andrews, Bristol, on Friday and was animating and writing until 6pm that day, his daughter said.
The father-of-six was the animation director on the 1988 blockbuster 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' - creating characters including Roger and Jessica Rabbit.
The live-action animated film starring Bob Hoskins, saw Williams win a Bafta as well as two Oscars for his work - one in the special academy award category and one for special effects.
Williams also animated the title sequences for the 1970s comedy classics 'The Return Of The Pink Panther' and 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again', and worked on 'Casino Royale'.
His daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said that her father had been suffering from cancer, in what she said had been quite a swift illness.
Williams previously credited 'Snow White' - which he saw at the age of five - as having a 'tremendous impression' on him.
Describing her 'fabulous' father who had six children, she said: 'He really was an inspiration to everyone that met him. Whether they were animators, or from the top to the bottom of society.
'An incredibly generous, warm-spirited person who really wanted to learn about the world.'
Ms Williams said her father, on a visit to Disney aged 15, waited at the gates and met all the lead animators who later taught him and soon became his friends.
She described her father as the 'link between the golden age of animation from the 1940s to the golden age of CGI and digital animation of now'.
And she said her father had two studios - including one at his home where he had 'several Disney animation desks', and one used for Pinocchio.
Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' which won a Bafta and two Oscars
His second studio was at Bristol-based Aardman Animations - the home of Wallace and Gromit.
'He had a fabulous work ethic... he had incredible vibrancy and flair, and was an actor at heart and essentially all of his animation was him acting through pictures,' Ms Williams added.
'He was incredibly supportive to his family and to his friends, and to his children - he was my number one fan.'
Williams has previously credited 'Snow White' - which he saw at the age of five - as having a 'tremendous impression' on him.
'I always wanted, when I was a kid, to get to Disney. I was a clever little fellow so I took my drawings and I eventually got in,' Williams told the BBC in 2008.
'They did a story on me, and I was in there for two days, which you can imagine what it was like for a kid.'
After that he said he was advised to learn how to draw properly and admitted he 'lost all interest in animation' until he was 23 - throwing himself into art.
Diana, Princess of Wales meeting cartoon star Roger Rabbit from the hit 1988 blockbuster 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
He said he was drawn back to the craft because his 'paintings were trying to move'.
His first film, The Little Island, was released in 1958 and scooped a Bafta, and his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1971 saw him take home his first Oscar.
And his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in 1971 saw him take home his first Oscar.
During his lengthy career, Williams also wrote a how-to book called 'The Animator's Survival Kit'.
Richard Williams with his wife Imogen Sutton, a director and producer, at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 2016