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Ralph McQuarrie (1929–2012)

Ralph McQuarrie was born on June 13, 1929 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Ralph Angus McQuarrie. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He was married to Joan Benjamin. He died on March 3, 2012 in Berkeley, ... See full bio »

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 2004 Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation (Video documentary) (painter)
 1991 Back to the Future... The Ride (Short) (conceptual designer)
 1990 Nightbreed (conceptual artist)
 1987 *batteries not included (conceptual artist)
 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (visual consultant)
 1986 Discovery (Short) (design consultant)
 1985 Cocoon (conceptual artist)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (conceptual artist)
 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (space ship design: ILM)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (illustrator: ILM)
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (design consultant and conceptual artist)
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie) (illustrator)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (conceptual artwork - uncredited)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (production illustrator)
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[on the visualization of Star Wars] George had ideas about how his picture would look. in fact, I think the look of the picture was more interesting to him than the plot. See more »

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For the original Star Wars, the special effects team had to come up with a believable size for the Death Star that would allow it to appear round in long shots, but still appear flat in close-ups, since these had to be created by using flat sections of model, placed on flat tables. McQuarrie ended up calculating that the Death Star was 92 miles in diameter, which makes it approximately 290 miles ... See more »

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