Ray Harryhausen (1920–2013)


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When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since. Born in Los Angeles, the signature event in ... See full bio »

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(age 92) in London, England, UK

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(1981)
Spies Like Us Dr. Marston
(1985)
Mighty Joe Young Gentleman at Party
(1998)

Filmography

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 2007 The Pit and the Pendulum (Short) (executive producer)
 2005 Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection (Video documentary) (executive producer)
 2002 The Story of 'the Tortoise & the Hare' (Short) (producer)
 1981 Clash of the Titans (producer - produced by)
 1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (producer)
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi (associate producer)
 1964 First Men in the Moon (associate producer)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (associate producer)
 1958 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (associate producer - uncredited)
 1953 The Story of King Midas (Short) (producer)
 1951 The Story of 'Hansel and Gretel' (TV Short) (producer)
 1951 The Story of 'Rapunzel' (Short) (producer)
 1949 The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' (Short) (producer)
 1946 The Storybook Review (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1943 Guadalcanal (Short) (producer - as Raymond Harryhausen)
 1942 How to Bridge a Gorge (Short) (producer - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Did the special effects for a pilot for a proposed adventure series to be called "Gulliver". See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 11 Interviews | 17 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Raymond Harryhausen | a Ray Harryhausen Presentation | Jerome Wray

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

There's a strange quality in stop-motion photography, like in King Kong (1933), that adds to the fantasy. If you make things too real, sometimes you bring it down to the mundane. See more »

Trivia:

He often talked to Bernard Herrmann about doing a film in which Herrmann would have written pieces of music and Harryhausen would have designed animation sequences to go with them, a la Fantasia (1940). See more »

Trademark:

Famous for his imaginative stop-motion special effects which are showcased in fantasy films depicting Greek Mythological and Arabian Nights stories.

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