LOS ANGELES — Ralph McQuarrie, the cinematic designer known for the
famous "Star Wars" characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2,
has died at age 82, his website announced Sunday.
McQuarrie, who died Saturday, collaborated with George Lucas on the
original "Star Wars" trilogy in the 1970s
died Saturday, collaborated with George Lucas on the original "Star
Wars" trilogy in the 1970s and with Steven Spielberg on films including
"E.T," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
He also was part
of the team with director Ron Howard which made "Cocoon," a 1985
production which won an Oscar for special effects.
"Ralph was a
very special person for many more reasons than his undeniable brilliance
with a brush," said a statement posted on the website.
influence on design will be felt forever. There's no doubt in our hearts
that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities
will rise and someone, somewhere will say... 'that looks like something
Ralph McQuarrie painted.'"