‘Star Wars’ Death Star designer was 90 – period

Colin Cantwell, whose design work Star wars The spacecraft thrilled generations of moviegoers, who died at his Colorado home on Saturday. He was 90 and his longtime partner Sierra Dal confirmed his death

Cantwell’s film credits include Special Photographic Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Technical Dialogue for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Computer Graphics Design. War game. His Star wars The design and construction includes prototypes of Credis X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Star Destroyer and Death Star.

Born in San Francisco, Cantwell graduated with a degree in animation from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was then personally invited by Frank Lloyd Wright to join his School of Architecture.

Before he moved to Hollywood, Cantwell already had an amazing career. Cantwell has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at NASA, creating educational programs for the public to better understand space flights.

The work became valuable to reporter Walter Cronkite during his 1969 broadcast of his landing on the moon. Cantwell communicated between NASA and astronauts, feeding Cronkite updates.

In addition to his film work, Cantwells has written two science fiction novels, Corfires 1 And Corfires 2.

Cantwell survives Sierra Dal, his 24-year-old companion.

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