DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ray Harryhausen (aged 92)
Raymond Frederick Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American-born British artist, designer, visual effects creator, writer and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animationknown as “Dynamation”.
His most memorable works include: working with his mentor Willis H. O’Brien on the animation for Mighty Joe Young (1949), which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; his first color film, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958); and Jason and the Argonauts(1963), which featured a famous sword fight with seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired.
DEATH: Harryhausen married Diana Livingstone Bruce in October, 1962. The couple had a daughter, Vanessa. The family announced Harryhausen’s death via Twitter and Facebook on May 7, 2013. Diana survived her husband by five months.