facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Star Wars designer, McQuarrie dies

March 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM   |   Comments

HOLLYWOOD, March 4 (UPI) -- Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created the memorable look of the "Star Wars" films, has died at age 82, a statement posted on his official Web site said.

He died Saturday. The cause of death or location of his passing was not released.

McQuarrie's conceptual designs for the first trilogy of director George Lucas' "Star Wars" films introduced iconic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO to the world.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man," Lucas said in a statement.

"Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy."

McQuarrie also created concept art for the original Battlestar Galactica TV show and for the movies "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and 1985's "Cocoon," for which he won the Academy Award for Visual Effects, CNN reported.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Goldie Hawn able to see dead people, says Kate Hudson Goldie Hawn able to see dead people, says Kate Hudson
2
Caitriona Balfe talks about playing time-traveling heroine on 'Outlander' Caitriona Balfe talks about playing time-traveling heroine on 'Outlander'
3
Robert Pattinson, FKA Twigs spotted holding hands in Venice Beach Robert Pattinson, FKA Twigs spotted holding hands in Venice Beach
4
Kourtney Kardashian allegedly 'terrified' that Scott Disick will leave her Kourtney Kardashian allegedly 'terrified' that Scott Disick will leave her
5
Gabrielle Union, Rihanna, Hayden Panettiere targeted in second celebrity photo leak Gabrielle Union, Rihanna, Hayden Panettiere targeted in second celebrity photo leak
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback