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Willis H. O'Brien (1886–1962)


In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film. At the 1950 Academy Awards, ... See full bio »

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Known For

King Kong Miscellaneous Crew
(1933)
The Lost World Special Effects
(1925)
Mighty Joe Young Special Effects
(1949)

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 1957 The Black Scorpion (supervisor of special effects - as Willis O'Brien)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young (technical creator - as Willis O'Brien)
 1933 The Son of Kong (special effects technician - uncredited)
 1931 Creation (special effects)
 1925 The Lost World (special effects - uncredited)
 1918 The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (Short) (special effects - uncredited)
 1916 Prehistoric Poultry (Short) (special effects)
 1916 R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (Short) (special effects)
 1915 Morpheus Mike (Short) (special effects)
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His first marriage, to Hazel Collette, was a troubled and uneasy affair. By 1930, it had been dissolved but not before having produced 2 sons, William and Willis Jr. She suffered from tuberculosis and was often heavily sedated. The disease spread to William and blinded him. In the fall of 1933, during the production of The Son of Kong (1933), Hazel shot and killed her two sons and turned the gun ... See more »

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