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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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 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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Although his father William O'Brien was self-educated and a noted etymologist, operated a military academy, and for fifteen years served as assistant district attorney for Oakland, poor investments and bad luck forced the family into poverty when young Willis was eleven. See more »

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