Stan Winston, Designer of the Terminator, Dead at 62.

Did you flinch when Edward Scissorhands reached out? That was Stan Winston.
Did your stomach turn when The Thing tore apart its victims? That was Stan Winston.

Did you feel for that dying Triceratops in Jurassic Park? That was Stan Winston.
Did you tremble when the Terminator turned its fierce, skull-like visage to the camera? That was Stan Winston.
Did you marvel at the intricate robotics of A.I. Artificial Intelligence? That was Stan Winston.
Did you feel a chill when dark veins lined the vampire’s pale skin in Interview with the Vampire? That was Stan Winston.

Predator, Galaxy Quest, Aliens… he engineered Jeff Bridges’ memorable transformation in Starman… he worked on Wookie costumes for The Star Wars Holiday Special… heck, he even did makeup for the TV series Roots… Stan Winston’s career is legendary, and his influence over our imaginations is hard to measure.

LA Times:

Winston died at home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a rep from Stan Winston Studio.

Winston won three visual effects Oscars and earned multiple nominations. His first Oscar was for James Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986). Winston later won for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1992) and 1993′s “Jurassic Park.”

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at