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RIP Ray Harryhausen

by Matthew Price Published: May 7, 2013

Special effects master Ray Harryhausen has died, according to an Associated Press story.  He was responsible for developing special effects that were groundbreaking at the time, including the skeleton fight in “Jason and the Argonauts” and the process of “Dynamation” in the film “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.”

LONDON (AP) — Ray Harryhausen, a master of movie special effects whose work was beloved by fantasy film lovers and influenced industry heavyweights such as “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, has died. He was 92.

Biographer and longtime friend Tony Dalton confirmed that Harryhausen died Tuesday at London’s Hammersmith Hospital.

Dalton said it was too soon to tell the exact cause of death, but described Harryhausen’s passing as “very gentle and very quiet.”

Harryhausen’s films included “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,” “Valley of the Gwangi” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.”

Though his name was little-known by the general public, many directors borrowed Harryhausen’s special effects techniques.

Lucas once said that no other fantasy films had “the same kind of awe” as Harryhausen’s movies.

Ray Harryhausen (AP)
Ray Harryhausen (AP)

 

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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