Acclaimed Hollywood effects artist dead at 62

Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:16pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning special effects and makeup artist Stan Winston, whose best-known work includes the "Terminator" and "Jurassic Park" movies, has died at age 62, his studio said on Monday.

Winston, a leading figure in Hollywood imagery who helped craft some of modern cinema's most breathtaking creatures, died at home on Sunday surrounded by family after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, a spokeswoman for the Stan Winston Studio said.

Having collaborated with filmmaker James Cameron on the terrifying monsters of "Aliens" and the killer cyborgs of "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," some of Winston's most recent work was on display in Marvel Studios' superhero blockbuster "Iron Man."

Winston also created the live-action dinosaurs for Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" and its sequel, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."

In the makeup department, Winston worked with director Tim Burton to create the bizarre, shear-fingered looks of Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands" and Danny DeVito's grotesque Penguin guise in "Batman Returns."

Winston's body of work earned 10 Academy Award nominations in all, with four wins -- Oscars for visual effects and makeup in "Terminator 2" and two more visual effects Oscars for "Aliens," and "Jurassic Park."

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Special effects creator Stan Winston displays his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in this February 23, 2001 file photograph. The Stan Winston Studio told the Los Angeles Times on June 16, 2008 that Winston, 62, an Oscar-winning visual effects artist died at his Los Angeles home on June 15, 2008 after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma. REUTERS/Frederick Brown/Files</p>