Academy Award-winning special effects artist Grant McCune has died, losing his battle with cancer at age 67.
Long known as a visual effects leader, McCune was chief model maker for George Lucas' sci-fi touchstone Star Wars and took home an Oscar in 1978 for Best Visual Effects for his efforts. As a specialist in miniatures and models, he worked on more than 200 projects, among them genre favorites such as Jaws, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Speed, Child’s Play and Batman Forever. Through his company Grant McCune Design, he was involved with many classic flicks, including X-Men 2, Long Kiss Goodnight, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Serenity.
McCune is survived by his wife, his two children and his sister. In a contemporary Hollywood sorely lacking in innovation and originality, he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, sir.
Similar News ItemsStar Wars (1977)
- No New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Or Footage Coming During Comic-Con (From ComicBookMovie. 6 July 2015, 5:01 PM, PDT)
- Ranking Nintendo’s Consoles #3: Nintendo 64 (From SoundOnSight. 6 July 2015, 4:43 PM, PDT)
- 165 days until Star Wars: We know Stormtrooper aim is bad, but just How bad? (From Hitfix. 6 July 2015, 4:28 PM, PDT)
George Lucas (I)
- Hints at How Return of the Jedi Will Connect to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (From TheHDRoom. 6 July 2015, 7:03 AM, PDT)
- Watch the Entire 'From Star Wars to Jedi' Documentary (From MovieWeb. 5 July 2015, 4:51 PM, PDT)
- Robert Evans: The Hollywood Flashback Interview (From The Hollywood Interview. 5 July 2015, 1:02 PM, PDT)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
- Icons of Fright Interview with 7 Minutes Director Jay Martin! (From Icons of Fright. 2 July 2015, 9:05 PM, PDT)
- Which is better, 'Terminator' or 'Terminator 2'? (From Hitfix. 1 July 2015, 4:43 PM, PDT)
- Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees (From Alt Film Guide. 30 June 2015, 6:47 PM, PDT)