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 Ray Harryhausen

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Ray Harryhausen

  • Birth 29 Jun 1920 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 7 May 2013 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 110147109

Visual Effects Creator, Writer, and Producer. Harryhausen will best be remembered for creating a brand of stop-motion model animation for films. During World War II, he worked for Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, goffer and later camera assistant, while working at home animating short films about the use and development of military equipment. In 1947, he was hired as an assistant to animator Willis O'Brien, on what turned out to be his first major film, 'Mighty Joe Young' (1949) which won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects that year. In 1953, 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms' became his first solo feature film that used a technique he developed known as 'DynaMation'. The film was a major international box-office hit for Warner Brothers Pictures. Among his other films were 'It Came From Beneath the Sea' (1955), '20 Million Miles to Earth' (1957), 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad' (1958), 'The Three Worlds of Gulliver' (1960), 'Mysterious Island' (1961), 'Jason and the Argonauts' (1963), 'One Million Years B.C.' (1966), 'The Valley of Gwangi' (1969), 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad' (1974), 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger' (1977) and 'Clash of the Titans' (1981). In 1992, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for "technological contributions which have brought credit to the industry".

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  • Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110147109
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Harryhausen (29 Jun 1920–7 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110147109, ; Maintained by Louis du Mort (contributor 46599444) Unknown.