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Grant McCune (1943–2010)

American special effects wizard and miniature model-making virtuoso. McCune partnered John Dykstra as head of Apogee Inc. between 1978 and 1992. He was chief model maker for Star Wars (1977) (in which he also had a small acting role as a Death Star gunner), the pilot for Battlestar Galactica (1978) and 80's classics Spaceballs (1987) and ... See full bio »

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Star Wars Visual Effects
Lifeforce Visual Effects
Speed Visual Effects


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 2008 Rambo (miniature effects supervisor)
 2000 Red Planet (visual effects supervisor)
 1998 Sphere (model/minature supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1996 Daylight (model/miniature supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1996 Executive Decision (miniature effects supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1995 Batman Forever (supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1994 Richie Rich (minature supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1994 Speed (supervisor: Grant McCune Design)
 1989 Ghostbusters II (model shop: Apogee)
 1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien (model shop supervisor)
 1988 Coming to America (chief modelmaker: Los Angeles)
 1988 The Unholy (chief model maker: Apogee - uncredited)
 1987 Spaceballs (chief model maker: Apogee, Inc.)
 1985 Lifeforce (supervisor: miniatures)
 1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (TV Movie) (supervisor: miniatures)
 1982 Firefox (chief modelmaker: Apogee, Inc.)
 1980 Caddyshack (special animator)
 1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (miniatures supervisor: Apogee, Inc.)
 1979 Avalanche Express (chief model maker: Apogee)
 1978 Battlestar Galactica (chief model maker: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1977 Star Wars (chief model maker: miniature and optical effects unit)
 1975 Jaws (model maker - uncredited)
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Katherine Anne "Kathy" Lawson  (his death)  (2 children)

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Grant McCune Designs built seven 1/5 scale submarine models used in the making of U-571 (2000), starring Matthew McConaughey. Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Donen. See more »

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