Lou Scheimer (October 19, 1928 – October 17, 2013)
October 18, 2013

We have the unfortunate duty of reporting the passing of Lou Schimer, one of the original founders of the Filmation animation studio.    He was an Emmy and Grammy winning producer as well as being an voice over actor.  He was Executive Producer of  several well known animated series from the Filmation stables  such as: Masters of the Universe, BraveStar and Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

Lou graduated from  Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts in 1952.

Some of the characters he voiced included: Orko, Bat-Mite (New Adventure of Batman), Stratos, King Randor and Dumb Donald (Fat Albert).

In the late 1990 Mr Schimer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and had quadruple bi-pass surgery.    He had been in ill health for the past 3 years.   I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2000 and found him to be a warm, delightful man that loved his work.

He left a lasting legacy of animation that will be enjoyed by many generations to come.    All of us here at AFi are saddened by his passing.


Lou Scheimer    October 19, 1928 – October 17, 2013

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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