Lou Scheimer, who founded the cartoon studio that produced Saturdaymorning staples like Fat Albert, The Archie Show and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, died Thursday, The Associated Press reports. He was 84.
Scheimer's company, Filmation, which he founded in 1962, was the largest animation company in the country by the early 1980s, according to the AP.
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In addition to producing, Scheimer also did voice work for many of the characters in the studio's cartoons. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in the 1970s for the animated series of Star Trek.
In 1989, the company was bought by French investors who closed the original plant.
Scheimer, who retired several years ago but continued to work as a consultant for animation studios, is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son, the AP reports.