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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.

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