Stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday in London at 92. The Los Angeles-born special effects pioneer famous for his fighting skeletons and cowboy-fighting dinosaurs influenced generations of film-makers.
Harryhausen created complex and inspired monsters in his films including Mighty Joe Young, It Came from Beneath the Sea and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
His family said in a statement: "Harryhausen's genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray's hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so."
Directors including George Lucas and Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson credit Harryhausen with inspiring their work. Lucas once said there would be no Star Wars without Harryhausen,