Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote the screenplays for Big Hero 6 and the two Monsters, Inc. films and contributed to several other Pixar/Disney animated movies, has died. He was 49. Gerson died Saturday of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
Gerson also teamed with Robert L. Baird (and Jordan Roberts) on the screenplay for Big Hero 6 (2014) — which grossed $658 million worldwide and won the Oscar for best animated feature — and the pair assisted on such films Cars (2006), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015). After Gerson and Andrew Stanton wrote Monsters, Inc. (2001), he and Baird did the script for Monsters University. Those two films raked in more than $1.3 billion at the box office.
Gerson also provided both high-pitched voices for the company janitors Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc., and he played the desk sergeant in Big Hero 6.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Beau Stacom; his children Claire and Asher; his parents Mary-Joan and Charles; and his sister Jessica and her children Daisy and Henry. A service will be held in Los Angeles. Donations in his memory may be made to Dr. Linda Liau at the Brain Tumor Program at UCLA.