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Ray Harryhausen
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Animator
    (June 29, 1920-May 7, 2013)
    Born in Los Angeles , California
    Resided in London
    Created special effects in 'Mighty Joe Young (1949),' 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953),' 'It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955),' 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958),' 'Jason and the Argonauts (1963),' 'One Million Years B.C. (1966),' 'The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974),' 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)' and 'Clash of the Titans (1981)'
    He was grouchy.
    He was known for his impatience on the movie set.
    He insisted on working alone, which caused his special-effects projects to drag on for years.
    His animations were sometimes the only good thing about the movies in which they appear.
    In the 1980's, new technologies made his effects look clumsy and dated.
    In interviews, he constantly complained that movies were better back in his day.
    He hated rock music and television.
    At age 13, he tracked down the animator of 'King Kong' and begged to study with him.
    He was on the cutting edge of effects technology for more than 30 years.
    Unlike some other special-effects wizards, he gladly shared his secrets with new generations of filmmakers.
    He received an honorary Oscar in 1992.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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