Stan Winston

Special makeup effects designer, Character designer, Director
A leading figure in modern movie special effects, Stan Winston once described himself as a character designer rather than a makeup effects technician. His Stan Winston Studio crafted some of modern cinema's most ... Read more »
Born: 04/07/1946 in Richmond, Virginia, USA


Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (20)

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

Noah's Face Casts (Makeup)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

Terminator Makeup Effects (Special Makeup Effects)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Fat Bastard makeup supervision(Stan Winston Studio) (Makeup)

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

alien makeup & creature effects (Makeup)

Interview With the Vampire 1994 (Movie)

vampire makeup and effects (Makeup)

A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)

makeup effects (Makeup)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

special makeup effects producer (Special Makeup Effects)

Dead and Buried 1982 (Movie)

makeup effects (Makeup)

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Exterminator 1980 (Movie)

(Vietnam) (Special Makeup Effects)

Dracula's Dog 1978 (Movie)


The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

The Terror of Dr. Chancey 1974 (Movie)


Gargoyles 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Chiller (TV Show)


Roots (TV Show)


Unwed Father (TV Show)

Makeup Artist
Visual Effects & Animation (17)

Doom 2005 (Movie)

Animatronics & Makeup Effects Designer/Creator (Effects Supervisor)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

Animatronic Effects (Animator)

Wrong Turn 2003 (Movie)

Creature Design(Stan Winston Studios) (Character Design)

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

(Stan Winston Studio/creature design/creation) (Effects Supervisor)

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

special character effects (Special Effects)

Peter Benchley's Creature 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Visual Effects

The Relic 1997 (Movie)

creature effects (Visual Effects)

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

live action dinosaur creator (Visual Effects)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

special Penguin makeup & effects producer (Special Effects)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

special makeup and Terminator effects producer (Visual Effects)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

scissorhands effects producer (Special Effects)

Leviathan 1989 (Movie)

creature effects producer (Special Effects)

Predator 1987 (Movie)

creature effects unit(Predator creator) (Special Effects)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

monsters creator (Visual Effects)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

alien effcts creator (Special Effects)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

invader creature design (Visual Effects Designer)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

(Terminator) (Special Effects)
Producer (8)

The Deaths of Ian Stone 2007 (Movie)


Wrong Turn 2003 (Movie)


Michael Jackson's Ghosts 1996 (Movie)


Earth Vs. the Spider (TV Show)


How to Make A Monster (TV Show)


She Creature (TV Show)


Teenage Caveman (TV Show)


The Day the World Ended (TV Show)

Actor (7)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Director (5)

Michael Jackson's Ghosts 1996 (Movie)


Congo 1995 (Movie)


A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)


Pumpkinhead 1988 (Movie)


The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Writer (3)

Michael Jackson's Ghosts 1996 (Movie)


Michael Jackson's Ghosts 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Pumpkinhead 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)
Physical Effects (3)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Special Animatronic Effects (Animatronics)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

animatronics characters (Animatronics)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

action figures and animatronics design(Stan Winston Studios) (Animatronics)
Art Department (1)

Phantom of the Opera 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Production Designer
Other (12)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

live action dinosaurs provider (Other)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

live action dinosaurs (Other)

Congo 1995 (Movie)

gorillas provider (Other)

Tank Girl 1995 (Movie)

Rippers design(for screen) (Other)

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

creature creation (Other)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

monsters design (Other)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

invader creature creation (Other)

Manimal 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Starman 1984 (Movie)

Starman transformation (Other)

Parasite 1982 (Movie)

effects design(parasite) (Other)

The Hand 1981 (Movie)

special makeup consultant (Consultant)


A leading figure in modern movie special effects, Stan Winston once described himself as a character designer rather than a makeup effects technician. His Stan Winston Studio crafted some of modern cinema's most fantastic figures - from animatronic Terminators to computer-generated dinosaurs roaming modern-day Earth - Winston was in a class above the competition. Best know for his collaboration with director James Cameron, Winston was responsible for creating the unforgettable xenomorphs in "Aliens" (1986), as well as the 14-foot tall Alien Queen. On both "The Terminator" (1984) and its lavish sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), Winston worked to bring Cameron's vision of the iconic endoskeleton to life. In a similar vein, he designed the alien hunter in "Predator" (1987) and "Predator 2" (1990), while working with director Tim Burton on Johnny Depp's sharp-fingered appendages in "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and Danny DeVito's grotesque Penguin makeup in "Batman Returns" (1992). Winston employed a crack team of painters, sculptors and other artists and craftsmen which he favorably compared to the masters of the Renaissance. In short, Winston not only was at the top of his craft, he singlehandedly resurrected Hollywood from its reliance on campy man-in-the-rubber suits from the 1950s and 1960s to full-blown, life-sized animatronic puppets that both terrified and enthralled moviegoers for generations.


Karen Winston

Married c. 1969

Debbie Winston

Mother, Karen Winston

Matt Winston

Mother, Karen Winston


University of Virginia

Charlottesville , Virginia 1968



Final work was creating the physical suit for use by Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man"


Reprised role as anamatronic and makeup effects supervisor on "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"


Created a walking and talking teddy bear for "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"


Once again contributed to creating live action dinosaurs for "Jurassic Park III"


Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 23)


Produced a series of TV-movie remakes for HBO/Cinemax, including "Earth vs the Spider" (1958), "How to Make a Monster" (1958), "Day the World Ended" (1956), "The She-Creature" (1956) and "Teenage Cave Man" (1958)


Was special effects supervisor on "End of Days"


Designed the character effects for "Instinct"


Returned to creating live action dinosaurs for the sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"


Formed Stan Winston Productions


Signed development deal with DreamWorks to produce and direct films


Directed the short film "Ghosts" starring Michael Jackson; also did special effects, produced and scripted


Second unit director for "Congo"


Provided vampire makeup and effects for the highly publicized "Interview with a Vampire"


Helmed second feature, "The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm"; also did makeup effects; released direct-to-video


Created the live action dinosaurs for Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park"; received fourth Academy Award


Earned two Oscars for Visual Effects and Makeup for work on Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"


Served as special makeup effects producer for Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"


First credit as creature effects producer, "Leviathan"


Feature directing debut, "Pumpkinhead" (also received story credit)


Created the alien antagonist of "Predator"


Created alien effects and lead the huge effects unit on Cameron's "Aliens"; won first Academy Award for Best Visual Effects


Second unit director for "The Terminator" (also worked on special effects); first collaboration with James Cameron


Did "Panther and Hawk transformations" for the NBC sci-fi adventure series, "Manimal"


First credit for effects design, "Parasite"


Credited as special makeup consultant for Oliver Stone's "The Hand"


Nominated for the first Oscar recognizing achievement in makeup for the film, "Heartbeeps"


First feature credit for special makeup, Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz"


Provided special makeup for the landmark TV miniseries, "Roots"


Received first feature makeup credit for "The Terror of Dr. Chancey/Mansion of the Doomed"


Breakthrough TV work, aged actress Cicely Tyson for the acclaimed TV-movie, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"


TV debut, makeup effects for the TV-movie, "Gargoyles"


Moved to California

Established the Stan Winston Studio in Northridge, California

Completed 6000 hours in an apprenticeship program in theatrical makeup and special effects at the Walt Disney Studio

Formed Digital Domain, a digital special effects company, with James Cameron and Scott Ross; the second largest computer effects company after Industrial Light and Magic; he and Cameron resigned from the company in 1998

Raised in Arlington, Virginia