We’re incredibly sad to report that Richard Gregory – a master of film and television effects, animatronics and design has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Gerry Anderson’s son Jamie wrote the following short tribute to Richard after hearing the news:
I am devastated to report that my dear friend and colleague Richard Gregory passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week.
If you knew Richard you will have experienced his incredible warmth, creativity, talent, enthusiasm and kindness. But even if you didn’t know him, I’m certain his incredible body of work will have touched your entertainment experience at some point in your life.
From Terrahawks to Space Precinct, from Doctor Who to Event Horizon, from Walking with Dinosaurs to the Dark Knight, and more recently on Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm (and many more TV shows and films beyond), his contributions to the entertainment industry are quite astonishing.
Richard was a genuine one of a kind, and one of the kindest men I’ve ever met.
He was part of my life from a very early age, giving me my first ride in a Dalek, my first experience building models, my first try at sculpting an alien head, my first attempt at building a prop, and most recently being one of the most crucial parts of my first major pilot for Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm.
Richard was one of Dad’s greatest supporters, and since Dad’s death had become one of my greatest supporters too. He was a constant rock, source of support and inspiration, and the sense of loss I feel now is second only to losing Dad in 2012.
My thoughts are with Richard’s amazing partner Carol, Ruth and their families, and with Richard’s many colleagues and friends. We are all the poorer for his loss. But he has left a legacy of positivity and contribution to so many lives and productions, that we are all truly richer for what he leaves behind.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence for Richard’s family or friends please do so below in the comments section.