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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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11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 Ray Harryhausen Presents: The Pit and the Pendulum (Short) (executive producer)
 2005 Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (Video documentary) (executive producer)
 2002 The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare' (Short) (producer)
 1981 Clash of the Titans (producer)
 1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (producer)
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi (associate producer)
 1964 First Men in the Moon (associate producer)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (associate producer)
 1958 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (associate producer - uncredited)
 1953 The Story of King Midas (Short) (producer)
 1951 The Story of 'Rapunzel' (Short) (producer)
 1951 The Story of 'Hansel and Gretel' (TV Short) (producer)
 1949 The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' (Short) (producer)
 1946 The Storybook Review (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1943 Guadalcanal (Short) (producer - as Raymond Harryhausen)
 1942 How to Bridge a Gorge (Short) (producer - 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 | 15 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:

King Kong (1933) haunted me for years, I came out of the theatre in another world. I'd never see anything like that before in my life. I didn't know how it was done and that was half the charm. I didn't just say "Eureka, I've found what I want to do", that came over a period of time. But I'd done a few dioramas in clay of the La Brea tar pits and I saw in "King Kong" how you could make them move.... See more »

Trivia:

Another unmade project of his was "Elementals", about a colony of humanoid bat-creatures which attack Paris. All that remains of the project is several conceptual drawings and some test footage of one of the creatures snatching up and carrying off a hapless victim (played by Harryhausen himself). 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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