Visual effects pioneer dead at 92
Harryhausen, who was born in Los Angeles and worked for more than 40 years in the movie industry, died in London, his family said in a statement.
“The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, visual effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator.
“Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the U.K.’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations,” the statement said. Harryhausen used a laborious, painstaking “stop-motion” animation technique to single-handedly create imaginative effects for 16 films from the 1950s into the 1980s including three “Sinbad” movies, “Clash of the Titans” (1981), “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956) and “One Million Years BC” (1966).
He received a special Academy Award for career achievement in 1992. Reuters