Fans of some of the most hilarious and pioneering cartoons of the past few decades are in mourning today as it's been revealed that iconic producer Michael Mendel has passed away. Tributes have been pouring in for the star, best known for his work on Rick and Morty, The Simpsons, Big, and Jerry Maguire.
The entertainment industry was hit with a tragic loss this week.
via: ShutterstockIt has been confirmed that iconic television producer J. Michael Mendel has passed away at his Los Angeles home.
Mendel was born in upstate New York.
via: ShutterstockThe star is a Woodbury native and was born in 1964. Mendel then attended the local Monroe Woodbury High School.
He then remained upstate for his college experience.
via: ShutterstockMendel attended the famous liberal arts school at Syracuse University. After graduating, he decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Mendel landed a production assitant job at Gracie Films.
via: ShutterstockThis is where he met James L. Brooks, the iconic comedy movie and television director.
Gracie Films was behind the iconic Tracey Ullman Show.
via: IMDBThe show gave us many memorable moments - but it is now perhaps best known for another reason.
Because The Tracey Ullman Show was the birthplace of The Simpsons.
via: IMDBAnd soon, this show spun off and became its own incredibly successful series, with Mendel working hard on it.
During his stint on The Simpsons, Mendel moved from postproduction supervisor to producer.
via: ShutterstockThe Hollywood Reporter tells of how Mendel first served as a line producer, liaising between James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and the Fox network to make sure the timings and expenditure of the show were running smoothly.
And Mendel did an excellent job doing it.
via: ShutterstockHe worked on the show for many years and over two hundred episodes, winning Emmys in 1995, 1997, and 1998 for his efforts.
After his work on The Simpsons, Mendel began on another venture.
via: IMDBIn 2013, Mendel began working with Justin Roiland as a line producer on Rick And Morty - winning another Emmy in 2018 for his work on the show.
But it wasn't just cartoon television shows that Mendel had a talent for.
via: IMDBHe also worked on many popular films in the '80s, '90s, and '00s, including cult-classic Napoleon Dynamite in 2004.
Mendel also produced Jerry Maguire.
via: IMDBThe 1996 comedy-drama was one of the first times Tom Cruise hit our screens.
And that's not all.
via: IMDBMendel also worked on 1988 Tom Hanks classic, Big. An illustrious career by any standards!
Many industry professionals have offered tributes to the star.
https://t.co/htPBbqp4aT— adultswim (@adultswim)1569292706.0
His Rick and Morty partner offered an emotional tribute.
My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away. I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I d… https://t.co/aBnQUoTkAl— Justin Roiland (@Justin Roiland)1569270312.0
It's clear that Mendel had a positive impact on all he worked with.
.@TheSimpsons V v sorry to learn of the passing of Mike Mendel (left) great guy. Our thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/slCcW5WSSI— Al Jean (@Al Jean)1569256302.0
Many fans also shared tributes.
R.I.P. Michael Mendel. Thanks for the mature cartoons (The Simpsons and Rick n Morty) that brightened up my patheti… https://t.co/OS9PLJHwVe— gio redemption arc tweets (@gio redemption arc tweets)1569302797.0
Others had more simple reactions.Many Rick And Morty fans are also concerned about what this will mean for the future of the show.
And some just felt disbelief.
>9gag almost though they were joking ...pls 9gag, make it a joke like you always do- https://t.co/bzPUXn5RFc— 🇷🇺 XaoC 東方 but 🇻🇳 (@🇷🇺 XaoC 東方 but 🇻🇳)1569301665.0
It's clear Mendel will be hugely missed.
via: IMDBThe reaction both of those he worked with and fans of his productions speak highly of him both as a talent and as a human being. According to casting director Juel Bestrop, Mendel's wife, the producer passed away of "natural causes" in the pair's Studio City home.