The Man Who Made Yoda Is Gone

The Man Who Made Yoda Is Gone

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Stuart Freeborn, movie makeup genius who worked on the Star Wars trilogy, is dead at 98.

Stuart Freeborn, movie makeup artist, creator of Yoda and Chewbacca, is dead. Old age and a combination of ailments were the cause of death; he was 98 years old.

Freeborn - whose career goes back to the 1930s - was already a legend when he went to work for George Lucas, helping to create the original Star Wars in 1977. He went on to work on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, helping to create iconic characters like Jabba the Hutt. But it was Yoda Freeborn was most personally involved in; people said at the time that the diminutive Jedi master had more than a passing resemblance to Freeborn himself.

Freeborn recalled his time working on Star Wars fondly, and said of Lucas, "he was so genuine about it I thought, well, young as he is, I believe in him. He's got something. I'll do what I can for him."

"His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created," said Lucas on learning of Freeborn's death. "His Star Wars creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations but at their heart they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films."

Freeborn's long career embraced many different genres, over the seven decades of his working life. Some of the highlights include The Thief of Bagdad, The Dam Busters, Doctor Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Omen, The Great Muppet Caper, and the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

Freeborn is survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His three sons - including the makeup artist Graham Freeborn, who also worked on the original Star Wars trilogy - predeceased him.

Source: Guardian

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A sad day, it truly is. Missed, he will be.

This is JJ Abrams fault I know it is! This poor man heard the news and was killed by the absolute horror of it, think of the timing it has to be connected!

Wait, he outlived all 3 of his children?

Man, that sucks. No parent should ever have to bury their own child.

The man was a legend, and even if I didn't know it at the time, created a lot of characters that defined my childhood.

RIP

thats the sad part of our generation. the dinosaurs of the industry theat we learned to like and that earned that liking, are dying.

and dinosaurs still are to this day one of the most awesome things to walk his planet.

damn.

Rest in peace. Nerd culture will miss you for sure at the very least.

And just days after Disney announced Yoda was getting his own movie.

Daystar Clarion:
Wait, he outlived all 3 of his children?

Man, that sucks. No parent should ever have to bury their own child.

The man was a legend, and even if I didn't know it at the time, created a lot characters that defined my childhood.

RIP

Least they could do is let him go out with Halley's Comet
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It's odd thinking about how much a part of your childhood someone is without you even knowing it.

VanQQisH:
A sad day, it truly is. Missed, he will be.

Become one with the Force, he has. Joyous, this occasion should be.

And now he belongs to history.

The only regret I for living in my parents culture is having to watch these great, great people die.

I thought it was going to be Frank Oz for a second, and I was relieved when it wasn't, now I feel bad about not feeling bad enough. Sigh.

Should probably update the title with Stuart Freeborn's name to avoid confusion.

But now that I know who he is, I know why he'll be missed.

Wow... I got nothing else to say but, may he rest in peace.

 

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