Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ dies at 49

Daniel Gerson, best known for co-writing Disney’s “Big Hero 6” and Pixar’s two “Monsters” films, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was 49.

Gerson’s family said in an obituary in Monday’s New York Times that the scribe died peacefully.

A New York native, Gerson graduated from Cornell before receiving an MFA from New York University film school.

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After beginning his career as a staff writer on the NBC sitcom “Something So Right,” which ran 1996-98, Gerson soon transitioned to film, co-writing 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” with Andrew Stanton, as well as 2013’s “Monsters University” with Dan Scanlon and Robert L. Baird.


Baird and Gerson would work together again on “Big Hero 6,” which won the Academy Award for animated feature in 2015. The pair were also at work on the upcoming Pixar sequel “Cars 3.”

Gerson is survived by his wife of 20 years, Beau Stacom; his two children, Claire and Asher; his parents, Mary-Joan and Charles; and his sister Jessica; and her children, Daisy and Henry.

Services will be held in Los Angeles. Donations in Gerson’s memory may be made to Dr. Linda Liau, Brain Tumor Program at UCLA, according to the obituary.

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