Starwars probably wouldn’t have been such a hit if it hadn’t been for Colin Cantwell’s ingenious designs. We owe him the look of the Death Star, X-Wing and Co., all of which rightly enjoy cult status. Now the designer has died at the age of 90.
Star Wars designer dies aged 90
Colin Cantwell is dead: The originator and creator of many of the stunning original designs we see in the first Star Wars film is no longer alive. According to his partner Sierra Dall, he is due at the weekend died at the age of 90 be. We owe him the influential look of many Star Wars designs, as well as a lot more.
His work: Colin Cantwell is responsible for some of the effects in another hugely influential science fiction film – 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was also involved in dialogue in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and War Games. Colin Catwell did though also wrote two books and also at times worked at NASA and, for example, communicated with the astronauts during the moon landing in 1969.
Star Wars Designs: The best known is probably Colin Cantwell’s work, which he did for the first Star Wars film has done. As X-Wing, TIE Fighter, the original Death Star, the first Millennium Falcon or a Star Destroyer look has since burned itself into the collective memory of pop culture.
How and from what Colin Cantwell died has not been announced. At least it is certain that he leaves behind a partner with whom he is said to have been in a relationship for 24 years. If you now have a little more desire for “Star Wars”: It will start soon new series Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ and here you can find ours PlayCentral Episode Guide.
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