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Animator Rusty Mills Dies at 49

Former Warner Bros. animator Rusty Mills dies at the age of 49 following a battle with colon cancer.

Rusty Mills

Former Warner Bros. animator Rusty Mills (Russell P. Mills) died on Friday after battling colon cancer, according to a report by The Winston-Salem Journal. A native of Winston-Salem, Mills was 49.

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Mills was best known for his work as a director on Warner Bros. Animation shows such as Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Among his many TV credits are lmyra and the Brain, Tiny Toon Adventures, Garfield’s Thanksgiving, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The Replacements, Pink Panther & Pals and last year’s TV movie, A Very Pink Christmas TV.

Mills is survived by his mother, Janet Mills, his wife, Andrea, son, Evan, and sister, Linda Hough. Donations can be made to the family here:

According to The Animation Guild blog, a graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at 2:00pm at the Glen Haven & Shalom Memorial Park:

Glen Haven & Shalom Memorial Park13017 N. Lopez Canyon Road Sylmar, CA  91342

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.