‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘Big Hero 6’ writer Daniel Gerson dies, aged 49

Gerson also contributed to Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Up'

Pixar screenwriter Daniel Gerson has died of brain cancer at the age of 49.

Gerson co-wrote the screenplays for 2001’s Monsters, Inc., its 2013 prequel Monsters University and 2014’s Big Hero 6, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

He also contributed additional material to other Pixar films including 2005’s Chicken Little, 2006’s Cars, 2009’s Up and last year’s Inside Out. He took on small voice roles in Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6 too.

Gerson began his career as a staff writer on ’90s US sitcom Something So Right and also wrote for the ’90s reboot series The New Addams Family. He then became a member of the Pixar screenwriting stable.

He died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday (February 6), his family confirmed in a New York Times obituary. He is survived by his of 20 years, Beau Stacom, and their children Claire and Asher.

“Daniel was a remarkable father, who enriched his children’s lives at every opportunity and enabled them to believe the best about themselves,” his family wrote in the obituary. “Daniel expressed a unique zest for life, its big and little moments, and brought that spirit to all of his loved ones. His sense of humor was exceptional.”