Bud Luckey, the Oscar-nominated animator who is credited with designing the look of Woody from Pixar’s beloved Toy Story films, has died at the age of 83.
Luckey died Saturday after an extended illness, his son, Andy Luckey, told The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement posted on Facebook, he also wrote, “He loved his work but got even greater satisfaction from seeing others enjoy it.”
“He’ll be deeply missed by his friends, family and colleagues to whom he was just ‘Bud,'” his son added. “His kind and easy going demeanor led his PIXAR colleagues to dub him ‘Bud Low-Key.'”
In addition to Luckey’s animation work — his credits include designing characters for Cars, Monsters Inc., and A Bug’s Life — he was known for creating a number of memorable counting cartoons and songs for Sesame Street. He also appeared as a voice actor in several films, including as Agent Rick Decker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3, and Eeyore in 2011’s Winnie the Pooh.
Luckey was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for the Pixar animated short Boundin’, which he wrote, co-directed, narrated, and composed music for.