R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie (1929 – 2012)

For the man I hold responsible for not only the existence of the original Star Wars trilogy but it’s look and feel, I just don’t think I have the adequate words for how much I’m affected by his passing.

Most everyone knows how George Lucas was finding doors shut in his face by the leading movie studios when trying to secure financing for his space saga. It wasn’t until Lucas hired McQuarrie to produce Production Paintings that would help to convey to the Studio Executives what he had envisioned in his mind’s eye for the film that the necessary funding was obtained, in fact it was the first studio they held a meeting with after the paintings had been completed, 20th Century Fox.

Ralph McQuarrie’s career didn’t obviously stop at Star Wars. He also had a hand in designs for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Cocoon, Nightbreed, and even the Back to the Future Ride that was at Universal Studios beginning in 1991 until it’s closure in 2007.

George Lucas has written a very nice remembrance over on the official Star Wars.Com site.


[Via] Star Wars.Com

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Ralph McQuarrie (1929 – 2012)

  1. vinvectrex says:

    Very sorry to learn of this, but grateful for all the wonderful art that Mr. McQuarrie shared with the world.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Very sad to hear of the passing of this great artist.
    His visualizations made impossible worlds happen for those who made the movies and those, like me, who still reside in them.

    I’m so grateful for the journey.

  3. He certainly will never be replaced in terms of his importance to the Star Wars Universe. But like you’ve both said at least he took us on a wonderful journey and his art still remains to thrill and inspire future generations.

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