Ray Harryhausen

Effects wizard

In 1933, when he was 13 years old, Ray Harryhausen's mother took him to see King Kong, and a passion was born. Apprenticed to the leader of stop-motion animation, Willis O'Brien, on Mighty Joe Young, he was soon the reigning master of this tricky field, in which skeletons dueled with live actors and many a weird creature sailed many an ocean blue. He made 15 movies, including Jason and the Argonauts, delighting small boys everywhere and winning the respect and envy of his peers. A modest, soft-spoken man, he made his last movie, Clash of the Titans, in 1981, but books...

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