Generic titles such as "Production Illustrator" or "Conceptual Artist" were frustratingly inadequate when discussing the invaluable contributions to film made by Ralph McQuarrie. Originally an industrial design artist, McQuarrie's life and career would be forever altered when he was approached by an imaginative and incredibly ambitious young director by the name of George Lucas. As the first design artist hired by Lucas, he proved integral in shaping the very fabric of the universe first seen in "Star Wars" (1977) and its industry-changing sequels. This fruitful collaboration led to important work with other directors like Steven Spielberg on films such as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). McQuarrie was rightfully recognized for his amazing work on the Ron Howard directed science fiction fantasy "Cocoon" (1985) when he won an Academy Award for Visual Effects. He also lent his impressive services to such notable efforts as "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1985), and later proved he was equally adept at working in the genre of horror with his stunning work on Clive Barker's dark fantasy thriller "Night Breed" (1990). As technically accurate as his professional credits may have been, when contemplating the enduring legacy left behind by Ralph McQuarrie, perhaps "visionary" was a more fitting appellation.