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Willis H. O'Brien (1886–1962)


In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film. At the 1950 Academy Awards, ... See full bio »

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Known For

Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young Special Effects
(1949)
The Lost World
The Lost World Visual Effects
(1960)
The Black Scorpion
The Black Scorpion Special Effects
(1957)

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 1957 The Black Scorpion (supervisor of special effects - as Willis O'Brien)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young (technical creator - as Willis O'Brien)
 1933 The Son of Kong (special effects technician - uncredited)
 1931 Creation (special effects)
 1925 The Lost World (special effects - uncredited)
 1918 The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (Short) (special effects - uncredited)
 1916 Prehistoric Poultry (Short) (special effects)
 1916 R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (Short) (special effects)
 1915 Morpheus Mike (Short) (special effects)
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Trivia:

O'Brien wrote the story for "The Beast of Hollow Mountain" and took it to Edward Nassour, who knew O'Brien as a teenager. Nassour bought the story inexpensively and promised O'Brien the job of animator. However, when production was about to begin, O'Brien found his story had been altered and himself barred from the studio. Nassour had hired someone else for the special effects. See more »

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Obie

Star Sign:

Pisces

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