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Grant McCune, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_McCune a special effects artist who earned an Oscar for his work on the 1977 film Star Wars, has died. He was 67.
McCune died Monday at his home in Hidden Hills, Calif., of pancreatic cancer.
McCune created scenes with miniatures, models and special effects for dozens of movies, including Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II and 2008's Rambo.
He began in special effects in 1975 when he and friend Bill Shourt were hired to make a giant white shark model for Steven Spielberg's Jaws.
They got no credit for the film, but McCune caught the eye of the film community and he became chief model maker for Star Wars, where he created R2-D2 and many of the creatures that populate the film.
McCune went on to launch his own company, Grant McCune Design, which handled films such as Speed, Batman Forever, U.S. Marshals, Red Planet, U-571 and Spider-Man.
He got a second Oscar nomination in 1980 as part of the special effects crew for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He also was chief modelmaker for 1978 TV series Battlestar Galactica.
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