Adam Reed’s career has spanned more than a half-century.
From creating the first “Bionic” movie in 1984 to directing the “Star Trek” franchise, Reed’s work has shaped the genre he’s loved since childhood.
Now he’s been gone for decades.
But his legacy is one of creativity and innovation.
“I’m very grateful for that.
He was always in the right place at the right time,” said Chris Sarandon, who directed Reed’s “Aquarius” film.
“He’s always been one of those people who’s very interested in the process of making a movie.
I can’t think of anyone who’s been as influential as Adam Reed.”
Reed, who was born in London in 1931, died Monday at his home in Newport Beach, California, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
He will be buried at his longtime home in Santa Barbara, California.
He left behind two daughters, Katherine and Julie, who also went on to make movies, according to the Reporter.
He also had seven grandchildren.
Reed was the first person to create a “Bucky” in 1954, according the Hollywood Code of Ethics, and the first to direct the “Bionicle” series.
Reed also created the first computer game in 1983 and created the world’s first animated film in 1995.
“It was his sense of humor that really defined his work, and that is the stuff of Hollywood,” Sarandon said.
“You would be surprised how much people love that movie.
It’s like a cult classic.”
Reed is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen, and their daughter, Lucy.
They were married for 40 years and have two sons and one daughter.
“Our family is very strong, and we’re going to miss him very much,” Sarison said.
His funeral will be held Saturday at San Diego’s Church of the Resurrection.
Reed, whose real name was Charles Thomas Riggs, was born on December 4, 1931, in the London suburb of Broughton in England.
He grew up in the nearby village of Hove, the son of a schoolteacher and a school secretary.
At the age of eight, he joined the Royal Air Force, but the military left him out of the program and sent him to a boarding school in the United States, according his obituary.
Reed graduated from St. Francis’ School in London, graduating in 1951.
After training as a mechanic, he worked as a model and photo editor at London’s Evening Standard before joining the “Saturday Evening Post” and then the “Times.”
In 1960, he co-created the television show “The Bionic Man” with Robert Zemeckis and Robert Llewellyn, who produced it.
He then joined the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” which aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, and later wrote a series of comics, including “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” “StarTrek: The Animated Series” and “The Adventures of Captain Marvel.”
Reed had a long career in television, appearing in such series as “Star” (1969), “Scooby Doo” (1972), “Boomerang” (1977) and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (1986).
In addition to “Bones,” “The Incredible Hulk” and the “Fantastic Four,” Reed created the hit animated series “The Powerpuff Girls,” which ran from 1983 to 1991.
Reed wrote and directed numerous movies, including the sci-fi comedy “The Time of Your Life” (1982), “The Martian” (1994), “Ender’s Game” (1999) and the thriller “Tropic Thunder” (2003).
He directed “Starman,” the first feature-length film in “Starring Johnny Depp” franchise.
“Adam Reed was an extraordinary, brilliant and brilliant man,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
“His talent was in every way the greatest in the history of animation, and his films and stories were the most beloved of our cinematic history.”
Reed was also the first artist hired to direct “StarWars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” the franchise’s first standalone film, which debuted in December 1977.
Reed had been hired to write and direct a “Star War” movie when Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy and producer George Lucas offered him the role of an archaeologist and an expert on the Sith Empire.
Reed went on a five-year mission to the planet Taris, where the Emperor of the Sith lived.
When he returned, he discovered a hidden Sith temple.
“Starwars” director JJ Abrams and producer Simon Kinberg worked with Reed to write the script, which was then directed by John Milius.
“When I was given the task of writing a Star Wars story, I knew this was going to be one of the most important movies I had ever written, and I was excited to go into it with the