This man was responsible for a big part of my movie going experience as a child. And influenced the vision of my dreams. Rest in peace and see you on the other side.
LOS ANGELES - Legendary concept artist Ralph McQuarrie has died at the age of 82, reports his official website RalphMcQuarrie.com.Known for his work in the Star Wars universe, McQuarrie also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica, with Stephen Spielberg on ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders Of The Lost Ark from the Indiana Jones franchise and won an Academy Award for his work on Coccoon.Close collaborator and Star Wars creator George Lucas posted a few words on the official Star Wars website."I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man," wrote Lucas. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars."His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy," he added. "When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this'."McQuarrie is perhaps best known for designing the look of Star Wars villain Darth Vader.
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