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Overview (3)

Born in Richmond, Virginia, USA
Died in Malibu, California, USA  (multiple myeloma)
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stan Winston was born on April 7, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Terminator 2 (1991), Aliens (1986) and Jurassic Park (1993). He was married to Karen Winston. He died on June 15, 2008 in Malibu, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Karen Winston (1969 - 15 June 2008) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Best known for his use of animatronic creatures
Beard and glasses

Trivia (14)

One of the founders of visual effects companies Digital Domain, Stan Winston Digital and Stan Winston studios.
Only the second special effects artist to be honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Stars.
He studied painting and sculpture at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and graduated in 1968.
He moved to Hollywood in 1968. At first he wanted to be an actor, but no jobs came his way and the following year he became an apprentice in the Makeup Department at Walt Disney Studios.
He has become known primarily as a "creature creator." His first such assignment was for the TV movie Gargoyles (1972).
Father of actor Matt Winston and daughter.
Made a living as a stand-up comedian before moving into make-up effects.
Helped out on some Special Effects scenes in The Thing (1982) when Rob Bottin was suffering from exhaustion at the time due to his immensely heavy workload.
Father-in-law of Amy Smallman.
Has four grandchildren.
Has a brother.
While filming Predator (1987), Winston returned to his hotel one day, to find his shower crawling with frogs. Convinced that this was a prank by Arnold Schwarzenegger, he called in the help of members of his special effects crew in catching the frogs in a pillow case and releasing them into Arnold's bed. Neither Stan nor Arnold dared to bring up the subject the next day. Years later, Winston was on a talk-show and recounted the entire story, knowing Arnold would be a guest in that show the next day. But the next day, Arnold commented on the story by swearing he had nothing to do with the prank, upon which Winston's crew members finally confessed they had played the prank on him. They knew Arnold was innocent but had decided to let Winston get even with him anyway.
He was awarded the Virginia Film's Festival Virginia Film Award in 1999 and was a member of the festival's advisory board.
Stan Winston claimed of all the films he worked on in his lengthy career, Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) was the most ambitious.

Personal Quotes (12)

People who are afraid to go to horror movies are generally afraid their whole lives. People say to me, 'Do you have nightmares?' I never have nightmares! And I go to movies and see the most bizarre things in the world, and go... Wow that is really sick, how fun is that! And I don't have to carry it around. I think that's very healthy.
I have two comic books series that are out and that are developing screenplays based on them. I've got a toy company. My production company has about twenty projects in production, pre-production or in-development. I've started, as of last year, SW Digital, under my roof. Other than that, I'm not doing anything. - about his current projects
Kristanna Loken created the TX. I would like to think that the vision of what was under her skin helped her with it, but the fact of the matter is that Kristanna Loken is the TX as Robert Patrick was the T-1000. - on Terminator T-X
I do my art for art's sake on my own time. I spend as much time as I want on it because it's art for art's sake and it's not for a dollar. It's not with business parameters.
You have to understand that rightly or wrongly, I consider myself an artist and I consider the work that we do art. In helping to tell stories by creating these characters. I came out as an actor. I am not a technician. I am techno-ignorant, but I love creating characters and telling wonderful stories. Thinking of myself as an artist doesn't allow me to think of size having to do with importance.
I don't do special effects. I do characters. I do creatures.
There's nothing more important to me in my life than my family, and nothing will ever take over. I believe that's why the work shows as well as it is because my work is not a sacrifice. My work is a joy. I'm not sacrificing my family for my work. I go in and I love what I do. I love nothing more than my family, and now grand kids. Wow, hard to believe because I'm like 36 years old!
A director like James Cameron is cursed with a vision. He knows how to do it all. He's a phenomenal artist. He draws, he imagines, he writes the entire screenplay. He knows how everything is that he wants to have done.
As an artist for arts sake, I have my own sculptures that I do for myself that I can spend as much time as I want on. Part of the creative challenge of this business, is to go, you know what, I've got this much money and this much time to do this job. I will do the best I can within those parameters. That's what being a professional is. That's not art for art's sake. This is the motion picture business. If you only do stuff that you have all the time and money to do, you would never work in this business.
I came out as an actor. I'm a painter and a sculpture and an artist. Everything about my being is creating characters that tell stories in films.
It was a very important movie for me because it (Congo (1995)) was the first big gorilla movie that I had done. The next thing that I did was a movie called Instinct (1999), with Anthony Hopkins, which I think was the best gorillas I've ever seen on film, and I could never have done that movie if I had not made mistakes on Congo (1995). My mistakes, whether anybody else sees them or not, I go, you know what, this could have been more real, I could have done this differently. You learn. - [about opportunities]
Performance technologies that were created by Jim Henson and the Muppets, and created the Terminator as a puppet, as a full sized organic puppet, and it was the first time that anybody had seen something that life size, using animatronics for the head and neck, to be able to operate it. We broke ground with The Terminator (1984). Nobody had ever seen anything like it. - [about the creativity for The Terminator (1984)]

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