Very sad news today out of Hollywood:
Daniel Gerson, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter who co-wrote Monsters, Inc., passed away Saturday at home in Los Angeles.
He was 49 years old.
Best known for collaborating with Robert L. Baird on Disney-Pixar films, Gerson was also responsible for Monsters University and Big Hero 6, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature for the latter.
But Monsters, Inc. was his biggest commercial success, earning $ 562 million around the world, along with four Academy Award nominations.
Gerson’s family announced this sad news in a New York Times obituary.
Other well-known films on the screenwriter’s resume include Chicken Little (2005), Cars (2006), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).
Gerson grew up on the Upper West Side in New York City and attended Cornell University and New York University film school after that.
He later started his career as a writer on such TV shows as the NBC sitcom Something So Right and Fox Family’s The New Addams Family.
We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.
He is survived by his wife, two children and parents and was working on Cars 3 when he passed away.