Jaroslav "Jerry" Gebr
May 26, 1926 - February 7, 2013
A true artist indeed, Jerry Gebr, seen at left with one of his exceptional paintings used in the pilot episode of Rod Serling's The Night Gallery, passed away peacefully after a long illness, in his home in Tarzana, California, as he wished. A career in Hollywood for more than 50 years, he started with Fox, MGM then became the head of the Scenic Art Department in Universal Studios for 30 years. Only was late once to work, when everybody else were late due to a major accident on the freeway, he would be remembered for his professionalism and dedication to everything he did. Jerry became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1984 and received numerous accolades from his extensive work in the industry. In spite of his tremendous achievements, he remained a very humble man. "I think I left enough good work," he said to his wife when asked how fulfilled he was in his life. Jerry continued to draw and paint. Much of his notable accomplishments can be seen and read in his websites jerrygebrart.com and gebr.art. Jerry loved reading and sports. If you wanted to know anything about history, he always had the answer. He enjoyed watching football. He played ice hockey and tennis in his life. He loved the ocean, he loved animals, he loved nature -- he was a lover of life. He made his own healthcare decisions and put up a good fight until the end. He is greatly missed by his loving wife, family and friends and will always be in our hearts. "Besame Mucho...!"
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 14, 2013