Ray Harryhausen

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Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen in 2006
Born June 29, 1920
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Died May 7, 2013 (aged 92)
London, England[1]
Occupation Stop motion animator
First work How to Bridge a Gorge (1942)
Notable work Clash of the Titans (1981)

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,[2] 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.[1] The 2013 film Pacific Rim was dedicated to him and director Ishiro Honda.[3]

Selected filmography


Selected bibliography


  • 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]



Ray Harryhausen is interviewed for "The Rhedosaurus And The Rollercoaster: Making The Beast"



This is a list of references for Ray Harryhausen. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 McLellan, Dennis (7 May 2013). "Ray Harryhausen dies at 92; special-effects legend". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  2. Boorman, John; Donohue, Walter (16 November 2006). The Director's Cut: The Best of Projections. Faber & Faber. p. 181. ISBN 978-0571233151.
  3. Faraci, Devin (1 July 2013). "Guillermo Del Toro On Classic Kaiju And Why Pacific Rim Doesn't Feature Robots". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 23 December 2021.


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