Stan Winston

When a prime movie monster--the T. rex from Jurassic Park or the big angry mama in Aliens or the Schwarzeneggerian exoskeletons in the Terminator movies--pops onto screen, a kid's first thrilled reaction may be, "Where did that come from?"

All these creatures and many other spectacular cinematic beasties sprang from the fertile mind and animating fingers of Stan Winston, dead at 62 after a long bout with multiple myeloma.

A master of the old-fashioned technique of special-effects makeup--in which spirit gum, plaster casts and armor work, not computer fiddling, do the trick--Winston wanted more than audiences' screams. Often he earned their...

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