Sad news from Hollywood today, as special effects master (and two-time Oscar winner) Carlo Rambaldi has passed away at age 86.
Rambaldi is probably best known for his work for Steven Spielberg on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, for which he designed the squat little fellow from whom the movie draws its title.
Readers of this blog may also recall Rambaldi's work on a pair of mid-eighties Stephen King adaptations: Cat's Eye (for which Rambaldi provided the troll makeup) and Silver Bullet (for which he designed the excellent werewolf suit).
For a child of the late seventies and early eighties like me, Rambaldi was a big part of the pop culture of the day. His work will live on for decades to come.
My hat is off to you, sir. Thanks and godspeed.
|E.T. and his poppa|
|Dagoth awakens in Conan the Destroyer|
|Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|King Kong, Rambaldi, and E.T.|
|a behind-the-scenes still of one of the Navigators in Dune|
|Rambaldi with the Alien head he built from H.R. Giger's designs|