Stan Winston, an Academy Award-winning special effects and makeup artist, died Sunday after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 62. He won four Oscars in the special effects and makeup categories for his work in Aliens, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.
But if you take a closer look at Winston’s filmography, you’ll spot a great number of cult movies the man worked on. His later work may be better known movies, but his career started in the 70s with Gargoyles.
A (by far in no way complete) selection of his output as make-up artist includes The Bat People, Mansion of the Doomed, An Evening with Diana Ross (no really), Zoltan, The Exterminator, The Entity, The Hand, Dead and Buried, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Edward Scissorhands and Tideland.
He was also responsible for the special effects of these movies (again, this is only a selection – if you want to see the entire list, follow the IMDb link above): Aliens, Predator, The Monster Squad, The Terminator (and its sequel) and the quite curious 80s television show, Manimal.
He even directed a couple of things (of which I’d like you to forget Michael Jackson’s Ghosts), with Pumpkinhead as the best known movie.
The death of special effects people never gets as much attention as the death of an actor or director, but if you look at Winston’s work, you’ll see this obituary was more than deserved.
I will leave you with a link to the man’s site.