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Ray Harryhausen (1920–2013)


When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic - Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since. Born in Los Angeles, the signature event in ... See full bio »

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(age 92) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans Visual Effects
(1981)
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
(2011)
The Sci-Fi Boys
(2006)
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts Visual Effects
(1963)

Filmography

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 1981 Clash of the Titans (creator of special visual effects)
 1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (creator of special visual effects)
 1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (creator of special visual effects)
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi (creator of visual effects)
 1966 One Million Years B.C. (special visual effects creator)
 1964 First Men in the Moon (creator of special visual effects)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (creator of special visual effects)
 1961 Mysterious Island (special visual effects creator)
 1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (special visual effects creator)
 1958 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (special visual effects creator)
 1957 20 Million Miles to Earth (technical effects created by)
 1956 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (technical effects created by)
 1956 The Animal World (Documentary) (effects technician)
 1955 It Came from Beneath the Sea (visual effects - uncredited)
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (technical effects created by)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young (technician - uncredited)
 1942 Tulips Shall Grow (Short) (chief animator - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: In 1963 the animation process he used for The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) was used in the pilot for a proposed adventure series titled "Gulliver".

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 11 Interviews | 17 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Raymond Harryhausen | Jerome Wray

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

The problem was that Mighty Joe Young (1949) was seen as expensive by the studios. A lot of them got frightened, so I had to go to the other extreme and prove that you could do it on a budget. As a result, I'm afraid, I got stuck in the low-budget productions, which could be very frustrating but seem to be coming to the fore now as classics. See more »

Trivia:

His wife, Diana Livingstone Bruce, was a descendant of Scottish explorer David Livingstone. Of the marriage, Ray Bradbury--a friend for more than 50 years--commented, "He found just the right woman at just the right time, and it worked out terrifically". See more »

Trademark:

Famous for his imaginative stop-motion special effects which are showcased in fantasy films depicting Greek Mythological and Arabian Nights stories.

Star Sign:

Cancer

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