Colin Cantwell, creator of ‘Star Wars’ Death Star, dies aged 90
In an announcement on his Facebook page Sunday, Cantwell’s partner Sierra Dall said he died Saturday at his home in Colorado.
A photo of the Death Star in “Return Of The Jedi” (1983) Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock
“Colin Cantwell passed away peacefully at his home with me by his side. I will miss him very much,” she wrote.
Cantwell was best known for designing and building prototype X-Wings, Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, Death Stars and other ships for ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ the sci-fi franchise’s first film to be released. hit.
Cantwell’s website also noted that he was UCLA’s first animation graduate, after he persuaded the university to add an animation major.
A scene from “Star Wars Episode IV — A New Hope” (1977) Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock
Before Hollywood called him, he fulfilled his childhood passion for space by working at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, creating educational programs on recent developments in space exploration.
Away from the “Star Wars” franchise, Cantwell’s big-screen contributions include special photographic effects for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” technical dialogue for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and computer graphics design consultant. for “WarGames”.