RIP: Stan Winston

Stan Winston, 62, an Oscar-winning special and practical effects wizard, died today from Cancer at his home in Malibu.

Winston learned from the great Ray Harryhausen and brought to life the creatures in people’s favorite movies.? Whether it was the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, the robots in The Terminator, the aliens in Alien, the monsters in Monster Squad and many many more Winston managed to make the unbelievable not just believable but terrifyingly real.

“The entertainment industry has lost a genius, and I lost one of my best friends with the death Sunday night of Stan Winston,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “Stan’s work and four Oscars speak for themselves and will live on forever. What will live forever in my heart is the way that Stan loved everyone and treated each of his friends like they were family.”

Sadly, Winston along with his team of coworkers from the Winston Effects Group were hard at work helping to bring alive G.I. Joe, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island and James Cameron’s Avatar. His most recent work was on this summer’s smash hit Iron Man.

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