Stan Winston Passes Away at 62

The legendary special effects artists died yesterday in Los Angeles.
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Stan Winston Passes Away at 62

Movie Picture Another Hollywood legend has left this world. Special-effects guru Stan Winston has passed away at the age of 62. The cause of death has not been released yet, but according to reports, Winston died on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Winston revolutionized the special-effects in film, designing effects on such iconic films as The Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Jurassic Park and most recently with Iron Man, just to name a select few.

Winston was also said to be working on Jurassic Park IV and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins at the time of his death. Winston had won three Oscars for visual effects over his career, and was nominated for six other statuettes. He was only the second visual effects artist ever to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Here is the very last video interview that we conducted with Stan. This was recorded in August of 2007, right before the release of Winston's werewolf project Skinwalkers. He talks about bringing the project to life, as well as working with practical effects versus CGI. The man was a legend in the film business, and his magic will continue to live on.


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  • slysnide • 7 years ago

    I know! It sucks! It seems all the well known persons are leaving us so fast! Especially the 4 this month.

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    • moviebuff123 • 7 years ago

      Well slysnide.... guess the answer to your question of "can there possibly be any more names added to this list this year?" is "yes". The master comedian George Carlin passed away on Sunday. All of these men were masters of their craft. May they ALL rest in peace.

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      • matriculat • 7 years ago

        Sad. The Master. Will miss his work.

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        • slysnide • 7 years ago

          So first there was Heath Ledger on January 22nd; then Roy Scheider (Jaws) in mid-February; followed by Arthur C. Clark (author of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and a hundred other sci-fi novels) a month later; then Charlton Heston in April (or was it May?); followed by the surprise death of Tim Russert (Meet The Press) on June 13th; the famous creature FX designer Stan Winston on June 15th; and Kermit Scott (muppeteer/co-creator of "Kermit the Frog") on June 16th. Can there possibly be any more names added to this list this year???? God I hope not!

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          • slysnide • 7 years ago

            Online news reports say he died of melanoma. Though for some odd reason I haven't seen 1 news story on this yet, despite missing out on yesterday's news. After all, the death of a guy like this would be in the news for more than just a day.

            I actually found out when I saw this story advertised on the sidebar. It caught me off-guard while I was writing a comment about the suggestion of Michael Bay directing Turok and I stopped typing in midword. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it.

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            • cl81 • 7 years ago

              R.I.P Stan

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              • slysnide • 7 years ago

                NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE COOLEST CREATURE FX GURU IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE MOVIES IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                • jonnred • 7 years ago

                  R.I.P. to a true legend.

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                  • monkey03 • 7 years ago

                    RIP :(

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                    • deeman138 • 7 years ago

                      He created a lot of the popular 80/90's FXs. RIP Stan.

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                      • sirmetro • 7 years ago

                        These are the behind-the-scene guys who do most of the work and yet few know 'em.

                        Talented guy.

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                        • wizdome • 7 years ago

                          RIP Stan...a legend in the FX Biz!

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                          • sxers2k1 • 7 years ago

                            wow, this IS a sad day. What a great man with an incredible gift. Rest in Peace Stan.

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                            • johnjohnson7777 • 7 years ago

                              This is truly a sad day for the film industry and fans of the films that Stan Winston created so many effects for. R.I.P. Stan. You will be missed.

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                              • moviedirector88 • 7 years ago

                                R.I.P Stan Winston you are great!

                                Its so sad that he had to pass away at such an early age. :(

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                                • asif • 7 years ago

                                  R.I.P Stan Winston you are great.

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                                  • annoyingfilmcritic • 7 years ago

                                    I still can't believe it...Still at the forefront of special effects in movies, his unfortunate death comes at a total surprise and utter loss. The ingenious effects and creature designs are a true legacy and testament to your Art.

                                    The Terminator, Aliens and The Thing effects & designs are Masterpieces! Truly inspired...

                                    Your work has left indelible images, impact and amazement that I know legions of fans will forever miss and cherish.

                                    R.I.P. Stan Winston.

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                                    • narrator • 7 years ago

                                      Man. U rock Stan!

                                      R.I.P.

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                                      • freddie701 • 7 years ago

                                        A master has truly passed on.

                                        R.I.P. Stan the Man.

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                                        • finchy • 7 years ago

                                          you are going to be missed Stan....you bought some of my favourite things to life (predator, t.rex)...R.I.P buddy

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