Doug Crane Passes Away

December 22, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

He-Man, Heavy Metal and Godzilla animator Doug Crane passed away at 85 years old.

Doug Crane, who worked in the animation department on several classic series, passed away from cancer on December 17, we’ve learned this week. He was 85.

“Doug was a wonderful, kind, considerate person, a warm and comfortable friend and an amazing father and grandfather who will be missed more than can be put into words,” wrote Crane’s daughter, Rose-Ellen, in a Facebook post.
Crane worked in the animation department on the cult classic Heavy Metal (1981), not to mention the “Godzilla” animated series, which ran from 1978-79.
His legacy is far greater as he also worked on the 1960’s “Spider-Man” animated series, as well as 1980’s classics “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe“, “She-Ra: Princess of Power“, and “Bravestarr,” not to mention the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Variety notes that Crane is survived by his children Maureen, Erin, Thomas, Colleen, Caitlin, Kevin and Rose-Ellen, as well as his grandchildren. Crane was predeceased by two days by his wife of 61 years, Maureen, and his son, Douglas Jr., in 2018.


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