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Peter Ellenshaw (1913–2007)

Peter Ellenshaw was born on May 24, 1913 in London, England as William Ellenshaw. He is known for his work on The Black Hole (1979), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). He was married to Bobbie Palmer. He died on February 12, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. See full bio »

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The Black Hole
The Black Hole Visual Effects
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Love Bug
The Love Bug Visual Effects


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 1990 Dick Tracy (matte artist - uncredited)
 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (supervising matte artist)
 1979 The Black Hole (miniature effects creator) / (miniature effects supervisor)
 1968 The Love Bug (special photographic effects)
 1968 Blackbeard's Ghost (matte artist)
 1967 The Gnome-Mobile (matte artist)
 1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (matte artist)
 1967 Monkeys, Go Home! (matte effects)
 1966 The Fighting Prince of Donegal (special photographic effects)
  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (matte artist - 17 episodes, 1955 - 1964) (special photographic effects - 3 episodes, 1959 - 1965) (matte effects - 2 episodes, 1955)
- Summer Magic: Part 2 (1965) ... (special photographic effects)
- Summer Magic: Part 1 (1965) ... (special photographic effects)
- Toby Tyler: Part 2 (1964) ... (matte artist)
- Toby Tyler: Part 1 (1964) ... (matte artist)
- Pollyanna: Part 3 (1963) ... (matte artist)
 1963 Summer Magic (special photographic effects)
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson (matte artist)
 1957-1960 Zorro (TV Series) (matte artist - 29 episodes)
- Adios, El Cuchillo (1960) ... (matte artist)
- El Bandido (1960) ... (matte artist)
- The Brooch (1959) ... (matte artist)
- Please Believe Me (1959) ... (matte artist)
- The Missing Father (1959) ... (matte artist)
 1960 Spartacus (matte artist - uncredited)
 1960 Pollyanna (matte artist)
 1960 Kidnapped (special photographic effects)
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain (matte artist)
 1959 Darby O'Gill and the Little People (special photographic effects)
 1958 Tonka (matte artist)
 1958 The Sign of Zorro (matte artist)
 1958 The Light in the Forest (matte artist) / (matte effects)
 1957 Old Yeller (matte artist)
 1957 Perri (special art effects)
 1956 Westward Ho, the Wagons! (matte artist)
 1956 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (matte artist)
 1956 The Great Locomotive Chase (matte artist)
 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (matte artist)
 1953 Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (matte artist)
 1953 The Sword and the Rose (matte effects)
 1953 Wicked Wife (special processes - uncredited)
 1951 Quo Vadis (matte artist - uncredited)
 1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (matte artist - uncredited)
 1950 Treasure Island (matte artist)
 1948 Idol of Paris (matte artist - uncredited)
 1947 Black Narcissus (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1946 Stairway to Heaven (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1941 Major Barbara (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1940 The Thief of Bagdad (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1939 The Four Feathers (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1938 Queen of Destiny (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1938 Drums (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1937 Victoria the Great (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1937 Storm in a Teacup (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1937 Elephant Boy (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1937 Fire Over England (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1936 Rembrandt (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1936 Things to Come (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1935 The Ghost Goes West (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel (assistant matte artist - uncredited)
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Served in the RAF during World War II and was signed by Disney in 1947 to work on 'Treasure Island'. A noted painter of fine art in his own right, he became famous for the hand-painted mattes he created for films like '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea', 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' and 'The Black Hole'. He was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning the Best Special Visual Effects Oscar for 'Mary ... See more »

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