Emmy-nominated animation writer, producer, director and artist Mark Glamack died last month at the age of 73. The news of his passing on May 29 was shared by Glamack’s attorney, Richard Sigler.
Glamack started his career at Walt Disney Studios, working on The Jungle Book, Bed-Knobs and Broomsticks, The Wonderful World of Disney and EPCOT, among other projects. He later worked at Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, Film Roman, HBO and MGM.
Outside Disney, his range of animating, directing and producing credits include Courage the Cowardly Dog, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series, Sonic the Hedgehog, He-Man and She-Ra: Princess of Power, Oliver Twist, Bobby’s World, Zazoo U, Spawn, Yogi Bear, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Tom & Jerry, G.I. Joe, A Flintstone Christmas, Last of the Curlews and the animated inserts for That’s Entertainment II. In 1999 he was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Special Class – Animated Program category for Life with Louie.
In 2002, Glamack completed his sixth term as Governor for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. During those years, he created the Over One Hour Program Category for animation and the first annual individual achievement Emmy Awards for animation talent. In 1996, he successfully conformed the daytime Emmy Awards structure with the primetime structure. He was appointed by the Academy President as Vice-Chair for the ATAS Activities Committee 1991–1992, and later served on the Budget, Awards and Membership Committees.
In his later years, Glamack wrote, illustrated and published his children’s novel The Littluns and the Book of Darkness, winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Awards for 2009 and the Dove Award winner for 2010.
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Glamack attended Art Center College of Design, UCLA, PCC and Sherwood Oaks Experimental College. He was drafted into the Vietnam War, where he served as a medic in the Army and was exposed to Agent Orange — which, ultimately, claimed his health.