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Petro Vlahos (1916–2013)

Petro Vlahos was born on August 20, 1916 in Raton, New Mexico, USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Avatar (2009) and Ben-Hur (1959). He was married to Virginia. He died on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)
Avatar
Avatar Special Effects
(2009)
Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur Special Effects
(1959)
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Special Effects
(1964)

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 2009 Avatar (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1964 Mary Poppins (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1963 The Birds (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1961 The Parent Trap (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1961 The Absent Minded Professor (special effects engineer - uncredited)
 1959 Ben-Hur (special effects engineer - uncredited)
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 1980 Battle Beyond the Stars (technical advisor)
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 1995 The 67th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Technical Award Winner (pre-recorded)
 1995 Movie Magic (TV Series documentary)
Himself
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 2014 The 86th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Visual Effects / Inventor (In Memoriam)
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Vlahos had more than 35 patents for camera crane motor controls, screen brightness meters, safe squib systems, cabling designs and junction boxes, projection screens, optical sound tracks and even sonar. He created analog and digital hardware and software versions of Ultimatte. As a result, every green- or blue-screen shot today employs variants of the Vlahos technique. See more »

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