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Emilio Ruiz del Río (1923–2007)

Emilio Ruiz del Río was born on April 11, 1923 in Madrid, Spain. He is known for his work on Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Dune (1984). He died on September 14, 2007 in Madrid. See full bio »


(age 84) in Madrid, Spain

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Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth Visual Effects
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian Visual Effects
Dune Visual Effects
The Devil's Backbone
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 2008 El último truco (Documentary) (miniature supervisor)
 2007 Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (foreground miniatures)
 2006 Pan's Labyrinth (miniature supervisor)
 2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey (model maker)
 2003 Soldados de Salamina (modeler - as Emilio Ruiz)
 2002 La balsa de piedra (model maker)
 2002 El embrujo de Shanghai (foreground miniatures - as Emilio Ruiz)
 2002 El florido pensil (matte shots)
 2001 Tuno negro (miniatures supervisor)
 2001 The Devil's Backbone (modeler - as Emilio Ruiz)
 2000 Obra maestra (foreground miniatures)
 1998 La niña de tus ojos (foreground miniatures)
 1997 Comanche Territory (modeler - as Emilio G. Ruiz)
 1993 Celia (TV Series) (model maker - 6 episodes)
- ¡Hasta la vista! (1993) ... (model maker)
- Ni santa ni mártir (1993) ... (model maker)
- En el colegio (1993) ... (model maker)
- ¡El verano! (1993) ... (model maker)
- Doña Benita (1993) ... (model maker)
 1993 Acción mutante (foreground modeler - as Emilio Ruiz)
 1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (matte shots - uncredited)
 1992 La mansión de los Cthulhu (matte shots)
 1985 Red Sonja (foreground miniatures)
 1985 Cat's Eye (foreground models - as Emilio G. Ruiz)
 1984 Dune (foreground miniatures - as Emilio Ruiz Del Rio)
 1984 Conan the Destroyer (foreground miniatures)
 1983 La guerra del ferro: Ironmaster (foreground miniatures)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian (miniatures - as Emilio Ruiz del Rio)
 1982 Los diablos del mar (visual effects - as Emilio G. Ruiz)
 1981 Mystery on Monster Island (visual effects - as Emilio G. Ruiz)
 1980 Los cántabros (model maker)
 1979 The Humanoid (models - as Emilio Ruiz)
 1977 Where Time Began (visual effects - as Emilio Ruiz)
 1975 Cipolla Colt (visual effects)
 1974 Hay que matar a B. (foreground modeler - as Emilio Ruiz)
 1973 Le guerriere dal seno nudo (matte painting)
 1972 Treasure Island (matte painter - uncredited)
 1968 Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (visual effects artist)
 1967 Dirty Heroes (matte shots)
 1964 Samson and the Mighty Challenge (matte painter)
 1963 Perseo l'invincibile (matte shots)
 1961 The Invincible Gladiator (matte shots - uncredited)
 1959 The Last Days of Pompeii (matte shots - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Emilio Ruiz Del Rio | Emilio G. Ruiz | Emilio Ruiz | Ruiz | Emilio Ruiz del Rio | Emilio del Río

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When a director asks me for one thing I give him two, not out of generosity but because in this way I impose on myself a challenge that I have to resolve, and this stimulates me. - 1996 memoirs See more »


He was an award-winning set designer and special-effects master. During his career spanning more than 60 years, he worked on more than 450 films. He worked with directors Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and George Cukor.

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