Disney Executive Bob Lambert Passes Away
Bob Lambert, an executive who played an integral role in developing computer animation, has passed away at the age of 55. Cause of death was undisclosed.
Lambert worked as a senior executive in various departments of The Walt Disney Co. for 25 years, and was one of the chief executives who helped design a strategy to replace cell animation with CGI technology.
Dick Cook, former chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, said:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and former colleague Bob Lambert. Not only was he a great person, he was a highly respected visionary who forever changed the moviegoing experience by leading the motion picture industry into the digital era. His passing is a great loss.
In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Co., Lambert was also the founder and chairman of DCI, a company that helped movie theaters transition into the world of digital exhibition. He is survived by his wife, brother and nephew.