Stan Winston VFX pioneer, dies of cancer at 62


Last Updated: June 16, 2008 11:28 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--June 16, 2008) Stan Winston, the four-time Oscar® winning creator of special effects for Jurassic Park and other films, died at home of cancer in Malibu, California at age 62. He was attended by family during his final hours as he lost his seven year battle with multiple myeloma.

Stan Winston's career began over four decades ago and included work on such notable films as Jurassic Park, Terminator, Edward Scissorhands and Aliens. He worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, James Cameron and many others over nearly 40 years of creating visual effects. His last film project was with director Jon Favreau, with whom he worked on the film Iron Man.

"The entertainment industry has lost a genius, and I lost one of my best friends with the death Sunday night of Stan Winston," said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Stan's work and four Oscars speak for themselves and will live on forever. What will live forever in my heart is the way that Stan loved everyone and treated each of his friends like they were family."

Winston won multiple visual effects Oscars, such as 1986's "Aliens," 1992's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park." He also won an Oscar for the makeup effects on 1992's "Batman Returns."

Stan Winston is survived by his wife, Karen, as well as his son, daughter, brother and four grandchildren.

For more about Stan, please see his story at Make Up Artists magazine at

Or visit the Stan Winston website at



Re: News: Stan Winston VFX pioneer, dies of cancer at 62
by Ron Lindeboom
Farewell, Stan. You left us a long trail of imagination and discovery.

Ron & Kathlyn Lindeboom
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