Ray Harryhausen

Animator, Special effects artist, Producer
A towering figure in the history and evolution of motion-picture special effects, Ray Harryhausen created some of the most memorable creatures ever to stalk, slither and sail across movie screens in the 1950s, 1960s and ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1920 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (13)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

(Animator)

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Creator of Special Visual Effects (Special Effects)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1972 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

One Million Years B.C. 1966 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Mysterious Island 1960 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Three Worlds of Gulliver 1960 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers 1956 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

It Came From Beneath the Sea 1955 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Mighty Joe Young (Movie)

(Special Effects)

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Actor (9)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Distinguished Doctor (Actor)

The People vs. George Lucas 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Polar Bear Cub (Actor)

The Attack of the 50-Foot Monstermania 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

Gentleman at Party (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Bar Patron (Actor)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Dr Marston (Actor)

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 (Movie)

Man Feeding Elephants (Actor)
Producer (5)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (2)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)
Physical Effects (1)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

Puppetoon creative artist(USA) (Puppets Design)

Biography

A towering figure in the history and evolution of motion-picture special effects, Ray Harryhausen created some of the most memorable creatures ever to stalk, slither and sail across movie screens in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. A tutelage under effects pioneers George Pal and Willis O'Brien inspired Harryhausen's own stop-motion animation, which gave vivid life to aliens and monsters of myth in such iconic fantasy and science fiction films as "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953), "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958), "One Million Years B.C." (1966) and "Clash of the Titans" (1981). Harryhausen's imaginative work would later serve as inspiration for generations of filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, James Cameron and countless others, all of whom paid tribute to him in their own fantasy film exploits. Before his death in May 2013, he fittingly racked up various honors for his undeniable creativity and vision.

Relationships

Aunt
worked for Sid Grauman's mother received free passes to movies and frequently took Harryhausen

Diana Harryhausen

Wife

Fred Harryhausen

Father

Martha Harryhausen

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
took classes in art direction while still in high school

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California
began working on a 16mm animated film, "Evolution of the World" (c. 1940; unfinished)

Milestones

2002

Resurfaced with "The Story of the Tortoise & the Hare"

1981

Worked on "Clash of the Titans"

1973

First film as producer, "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad"

1963

First film as associate producer, "Jason and the Argonauts"

1957

First story credit, "Twenty Million Miles to Earth"

1952

Evolved own system of model animation called Dynamation, first used in "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955)

1949

First film credit as animator and assistant to Willis O'Brien on special effects for "Mighty Joe Young"

Served with US Signal Corps during WWII

After seeing "King Kong" (1933), began making own clay figures

First worked as a model animator and director for George Pal's animated "Puppetoons" including "Mother Goose Presents" series (date approximate)

Made a series of filmed fairy tales with animated puppets for schools and churches

Introduced to special effects technician Willis O'Brien; O'Brien encouraged studying anatomy

After military service, returned to work for Pal

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame in 1998

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The sushi restaurant Harryhausen's in Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." was named after him.

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Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" stop-motion movie featured a piano called a "Harryhausen."

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