Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stan Winston Shuts Down

Thank you, my darling Linda. With any luck, you laughed.

I just learned that Stan Winston died of cancer. An artistic genius in my view. This is all I could find obituary-wise.

Hollywood Visual Effects Artist Stan Winston Dies
By VOA News
17 June 2008

The legendary Academy Award winning special effects and make-up artist responsible for the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and the high-tech armored suits worn in the current blockbuster Iron Man has died.

Stan Winston's career spanned four decades. He died after a seven-year battle against multiple myeloma - a cancer of the blood. He was 62.

He created some of the most memorable special effects in cinematic history, including the shear-fingered looks of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, Danny Devito's grotesque Penguin in Batman Returns and the human-like, stuffed Teddy Bear of A.I: Artificial Intelligence.

Winston was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and had won four.

He received visual effects Oscars for bringing to life the extraterrestrials of Aliens, the cyborgs of Terminator 2, and the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. He also won a makeup Oscar for Batman Returns.

Winston's work will also be seen in the upcoming movies Terminator 4 and G.I. Joe.

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