Visual Effects Icon Ray Harryhausen Dies

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May 7, 2013 | 1:37pm EST

Visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at the age of 92.
The filmmaker passed away in London on Tuesday.
A statement issued by his relatives reads: “The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator.
“Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous… Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations…
“Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray’s hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so.”
Inspired by the work of Willis O’Brien in King Kong Harryhausen embarked on a career in filmmaking in the 1930s with his childhood pal, writer Ray Bradbury.
He enjoyed a lengthy career and was famed for creating his own brand of stop-motion model animation, named Dynamation.
His most popular works include 1949’s Mighty Joe Young, Clash of the Titans in 1981, the Sinbad franchise and Jason and the Argonauts.