The Legendary Stan Winston Has Died!

June 16, 2008
Source: Ain't It Cool News

Stan Winston

The legendary visual effects maestro Stan Winston passed away last night. The news hasn't hit the mainstream sources yet, but Quint over at AICN confirmed it with a close friend of Winston. He was only 62 years old. Winston won the Oscar four times for his work on Aliens, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and AI and most recently worked on the brilliant visual effects in Iron Man. Winston was easily one of the greatest special effects visionaries to ever work in Hollywood and has created some of the most memorable special effects in cinematic history. This is truly a great loss and an incredibly sad day for Hollywood.

His cinematography is vast. Winston is an icon himself who has created countless cinematic legends. In addition to the four films that he won Oscars for, Winston worked on The Thing, Predator, The Monster Squad, Congo, Galaxy Quest, Big Fish, and Constantine. He was currently working with McG on the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. The cause of death hasn't been revealed, however details on this story are currently developing. We will update this story once we confirm more details. You can see much of his fantastic work over at his studio's official website:

This is truly a great tragedy that will affect all of Hollywood. He will certainly be remembered!

Stan Winston

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62 per IMDb. This is really awful, especially since Winston managed to remain successful and important in the post-CG special effects era. Movies aren't going to look as good, that's for sure.

Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 16, 2008



egghub on Jun 16, 2008


"It seems we've reached the point in life where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.." -From Indy IV Such sad news. RIP Stan, you will be greatly missed and never forgotten. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones. You have inspired a countless number of people over the years and your legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

Tim C on Jun 16, 2008


even though he has died his effects and his legends will live on for ever

sam on Jun 16, 2008


Wow, its weird to think that someone has had an impact in a certain part of your life without ever realizing it. Those movies he worked on pretty much paved my movie enthusiasm and sparked so much wonder growing up. A very hard loss indeed.

Richard on Jun 16, 2008


sad news, he is definitely one of the most respected and talented people in the history of special effects, no doubt about it.

chrisUK on Jun 16, 2008


Shit! I just started watching the terminator movies and the the guy who made the visual effects die not to mention how this will efect JP$ and termiantor4.God!

XXX on Jun 16, 2008


sorry about JP$ it ment JP4

XXX on Jun 16, 2008


my god ...

E on Jun 16, 2008


CGI will never stand up to the realistic effects this man brought to life. He was more than a legend; he was a god in every sense of creation. He will be truly missed. 🙁 Rest in peace, monster man.

Not yo mommas cat on Jun 16, 2008


so sad to hear that, he truely was a genuis in the effects industry. my thoughts and prayers go to his family and loved ones. RIP stan!

spider-ed on Jun 16, 2008


I was so happy when I heard Winston was doing the practical effects and building a wearable suit of armor for Iron Man and I was not disappointed. I hope this isn't another monkey wrench for Iron Man 2!

Tom Brazelton on Jun 16, 2008


The story has been confirmed by the LA Times: Winston died at home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a rep from Stan Winston Studio. Truly a sad day for the creative arts community.

Tom Shafer on Jun 16, 2008


This is shocking! I can't believe it! Stan Winston was a true artist and visionary. He will forever be remembered and his work will live on. My deepest condolences to his family. So sad, such a huge loss to the world of movies. Rest in peace Mr. Winston.

Spider on Jun 16, 2008


Wow - How sad... He was an idol of mine in college when I went to my first Siggraph - he signed my sketch book - Then again in 2004 when he partied with us at a softimage party presentation... He was not only successful, but super humble... Stan Winston was one of the legend of 3D animation!

Hannah Imperial on Jun 16, 2008


Little known influence on an entire generations' imaginations. Stan truly created works of art that moved! Truly Sad, since he just had such a smashing, post-CG success w/ the Iron Man suit. And to think, it all started with a tiny little film called "the Monster Squad." RIP Stan, my sympathies to your family, and your studio- the extended "family". I'll observe a moment of silence at this news...

Django on Jun 16, 2008


Sad. So many people realize how litle of an influence he was on their movie watching experience.

Ryan on Jun 16, 2008


I'm having a hard time believing this.... This guy breathed life into so many dreams & nightmares. Made us jump in our seats. Made us stare in slack jawed awe wonder. Made art move of the screen & into our imaginations. And now he's made us realize, sadly, that we should treasure everyone around us, because you never know when it's their turn to leave. God bless ya Stan. At least now you can create whatever you want and not have to worry about a budget anymore!

jason_md2020 on Jun 16, 2008


Though I rarely care when a celebrity dies Stan Winston was one hell of an artist. Bummer.

Puke on Jun 16, 2008


I can't believe this - I honestly can't believe he's passed away!! He was not only a true inspiration to me since JP but he's also a great example of an artist keeping extremely fit! This is terrible... he's had a blessed life, but I was expecting so much more still to come!! Sad sad day... 🙁 Lets hope the studio continues to thrive!!

Dom on Jun 16, 2008


Goddamn what a bummer.... a legend in special effects, I'm really saddened now.

Trish on Jun 16, 2008


Today the world has lost a a true legend, my condolences go out to his family and his loved ones. He was a one of the great artisans of his craft and he shall be sorely miss, but not soon forgotten by all of us who enjoyed his marvelous innovations in the field of practical visual effects. He contributed through his at inventions to some of the great memorable moments in cinema. May He R.I.P

Andee23 on Jun 16, 2008


Stan Winston as always been synonymous with movie magic for me. Sad news.

Kendra on Jun 16, 2008


What a shame. The guy was a real legend. His attention to detail and ability time and again to exceed the boundaries of creativity on his remit was amazing. Whether his input into the biggies like Terminator and Aliens through to his work on small soldiers he was a wonderful talent. An example of this would be Predator 2. Never had as many viewers as it should but look at the thought and design on the predators little first aid pack that he uses to patch himself up. That syringe, that little bunsen burner. His input and vision will be sorely missed.

Payne by name on Jun 17, 2008


This is awful, awful news. What a horribly depressing thing to find out so early in the day. Stan Winston's work has included some of my favorite films, and it has played no small part in my desire to work in the film/television industry. It had long been a dream of mine to meet him and tell him how much of an influence he has been on my life, but now I will never have that chance. If he isn't included in the "In Memoriam" montage at the Oscars next year, I for one am going to be very, very pissed off. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Winston's family. RIP.

Tim Monforton on Jun 17, 2008


Rest in Peace Stan ... Thanks for all the great art you left us ...

shero on Jun 17, 2008


I'm speechless, shocked. What a great loss to the movie-making world.

avoidz on Jun 17, 2008

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