Emmy-winning animation giant Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation Studios, which produced toon series including "Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids," "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and even the animated version of "Star Trek," died Thursday. He was 85. The cause of death was not revealed, but Scheimer had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and had had quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Scheimer founded animation producer Filmation with Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland in 1963. Filmation series included "The Archies," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Bravestarr." Scheimer occasionally did voice work for the company's series.

With Bill Cosby he created "Fat Albert," ground-breaking as the first animated series centering on African American characters.

Scheimer won a Daytime Emmy in 1974 for the animated "Star Trek" series and a Primetime Emmy in 1977 for "A Fat Albert Christmas" special. As recently as April of last year, Scheimer was acting as a consultant to Gang of Seven (G7) Animation. DreamWorks purchased the Filmation library last year.


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