Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen was an American stop-motion animator and producer. Inspired to become a stop-motion animator after seeing King Kong at Sid Grauman's Theatre when he was 13, Harryhausen made his feature film debut as the "first technician" of Mighty Joe Young in 1949. From there, he built a reputation as one of the country's best special effects artists, bringing to life prehistoric, mythological, and science-fiction monsters. He passed away on May 7, 2013, in London, England, at the age of 92. The 2013 film Pacific Rim was dedicated to him and director Ishiro Honda.
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
- Mighty Joe Young (1949) - First technician
- The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) - Special effects [with Willis Cook, Eugène Lourié, and George Lofgren]
- King Kong (1966) - Stop-motion technician [with Jim Danforth and David Allen; unproduced]
Actor[edit | edit source]
- Mighty Joe Young (1998) as man at party
Selected bibliography[edit | edit source]
Author[edit | edit source]
- Film Fantasy Scrapbook (1972)
- Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life (2003) [with Tony Dalton]
- Kong Unbound (2005) [preface]
- The Art of Ray Harryhausen (2006) [with Tony Dalton]
- A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman (2008) [with Tony Dalton]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Harryhausen with the dragon and cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Harryhausen's cameo in Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Videos[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- A G-Team officer named Harryhausen played by Shauna Rappold appears in the 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
References[edit | edit source]
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