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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 »

Died:

(age 92) in London, England, UK

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16 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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

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".

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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:

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:

As a teenager in this native Los Angeles, Harryhausen joined a science fiction club. It was there that he met two men who would become lifelong friends, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman. 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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