Rusty Mills, director on Warner animated series, dies at 49

Credits include 'Animaniacs,' 'Pinky and the Brain'

Animator Rusty Mills, best known as a director on Warner Bros. Animation series including “Animaniacs” and “Pinky and the Brain,” died of colon cancer on Dec. 7. He was 49.

Mills won a primetime Emmy in 1996 for a “Pinky and the Brain” Christmas episode. He also won four Daytime Emmys and received eight Emmy nominations.

His other TV credits include “Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain,” “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Garfield’s Thanksgiving,” “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “The Replacements,” “Pink Panther & Pals.” Mills’ most recent credit was 2011 telepic “A Very Pink Christmas.”

Russell P. Mills was a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea, and a son.

The graveside service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at Glen Haven & Shalom Memorial Park, 13017 N. Lopez Canyon Road, Sylmar, CA 91342.

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