Stan Winston Dead at 62 — Crud.

Man, and I was surprised to hear about Tim Russert last week — I just found out that Stan Winston, one of the greatest creature creators ever to work the movies, died yesterday after a long battle with multiple myeloma.  He was only 62 — that’s younger than my parents!  Words can’t express my surprise and my sadness about this one.  Stan was one of the greatest special effects and make-up guys of all time, and I list many, MANY of his films among my favorites.

Which ones?

Here — clip and save, and you can have yourself a little marathon this week as a tribute.  I know I will be!

Edward Scissorhands
Pumpkinhead
The Thing
Aliens
Jurassic Park
Terminator 2
The Entity
Galaxy Quest
Leviathan
Lake Placid
The Relic
Predator
Starman

Stan — you blew our minds.  And you will be missed.

4 Responses to “Stan Winston Dead at 62 — Crud.”

  1. Liz Says:

    Wow! I’ve seen every one of those films (and a few are real favorites), but I never knew who Stan Winston was. He was obviously very talented. I wish I had appreciated him more when he was alive. Thanks for letting us know about him and his accomplishments – better late than never.

  2. Lorraine Says:

    Jurassic Park – I love dinosaurs so this movie was amazing to me. Boy, that T-Rex was scary! And it had kids that I was actually rooting would NOT get killed 😉

    I’ve written before that I loved “Reign of Fire” because it was a triple threat of dragons, Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. Jurassic Park was a great duet of dinosaurs and Sam O’Neill. But, Jurassic Park III was a triple threat of pterosaurs, O’Neill and Alessandro Nivola (yum!).

  3. Liz Says:

    Hah! “Jurassic Park” – loved the dinosaurs, hated the kids! Especially the little boy – I was secretly hoping he’d get smushed! CGI has never been as good since!

  4. Lisa Says:

    I had the pleasure of working in Stan’s studio a few times and got to meet him a couple of years ago. I was so excited and was trying to act cool.
    He was a great talent who surrounded himself with such creative minds.
    He will be greatly missed.

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