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John Stears (1934–1999)


John Stears was born on August 25, 1934 in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Goldfinger (1964) and The Mask of Zorro (1998). He was married to Brenda. He died on April 28, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)
Goldfinger
Goldfinger Special Effects
(1964)
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro Special Effects
(1998)
From Russia with Love
From Russia with Love Special Effects
(1963)

Filmography

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 1998 The Mask of Zorro (special effects coordinator)
 1994 Babylon 5 (TV Series) (special effects coordinator - 1 episode)
- Infection (1994) ... (special effects coordinator)
 1993 Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Movie) (special effects coordinator)
 1990 Navy Seals (special effects)
 1986 Haunted Honeymoon (special effects consultant)
 1986 Miracles (special effects supervisor)
 1986 F/X (special effects consultant)
 1984 The Bounty (special effects supervisor)
 1983 Sahara (special effects supervisor)
 1982 Turkey Shoot (special effects)
 1981 Outland (special effects)
 1980 Hopscotch (special effects)
 1980 The Awakening (special effects)
 1980 The Martian Chronicles (TV Mini-Series) (special effects supervisor - 3 episodes)
- The Martians (1980) ... (special effects supervisor)
- The Settlers (1980) ... (special effects supervisor)
- The Expeditions (1980) ... (special effects supervisor)
 1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste (special effects supervisor)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (special production & mechanical effects supervisor)
 1976 Sky Riders (special effects)
 1975 That Lucky Touch (special effects supervisor)
 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun (special effects)
 1973 Ghost in the Noonday Sun (special effects)
 1973 O Lucky Man! (special effects)
 1973 Theater of Blood (special effects)
 1972 The Pied Piper (special effects)
 1972 Sitting Target (special effects)
 1971 Fiddler on the Roof (special effects - uncredited)
 1971 Catch Me a Spy (special effects)
 1970 Toomorrow (special effects)
 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (special effects)
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (special effects)
 1967 You Only Live Twice (special effects) / (special effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1965 Court Martial (TV Series) (special effects supervisor)
 1965 Thunderball (special effects)
 1964 Goldfinger (special effects)
 1963 From Russia with Love (special effects)
 1963 Call Me Bwana (special effects)
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Trivia:

Worked on the special effects for Reach for the Sky (The Badar story) produced at J Arthur Rank's Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Bucks and it was from this contact that John joined the Studio as a special effects technician. See more »

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The Real Q See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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