Another film legend has passed on, and though his name may not jump out at you, his contributions to the world of special effects will long be remembered and revered. It’s with a heavy heart we report that Stuart Freeborn is no longer with us.
The Associated Press is reporting that Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died. He was 98. Within the horror genre Stuart served as chief makeup artist on 1976’s The Omen, and he also contributed his genius to 2001: A Space Odyssey, See No Evil, the TV horror film Spectre, the Superman film franchise, and even the hilarious Haunted Honeymoon from 1986.
“He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy,” said Star Wars‘ George Lucas. “His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His Star Wars creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations, but at their heart, they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films.”
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Stuart’s many friends, his family, and his constituents. Godspeed, good sir, and thank you!
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