My top 20 favorite special effects artistsby comic_guy87 | created - 15 Feb 2012 | updated - 15 Feb 2012 | Public
My favorite special effects artists in the movie industry in no particular order.
1. Stan Winston
Special_effects | Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Stan Winston was born on April 7, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993) and Aliens (1986). He was married to Karen Winston. He died on June 15, 2008 in Malibu, California, USA.
2. Tom Savini
Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn
Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat ...
4. Rick Baker
Make_up_department | Planet of the Apes
Rick Baker was born on December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA as Richard Alan Baker. He is known for his work on Planet of the Apes (2001), Men in Black (1997) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He has been married to Silvia Abascal since November 8, 1987. They have two children. He ...
5. Adam Jones
Special_effects | Jurassic Park
Adam Jones was born on January 15, 1965 in Libertyville, Illinois, USA as Adam Thomas Jones. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Escape from L.A. (1996) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He has been married to Camella Grace since September 18, 1999.
Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.
Make_up_department | From Dusk Till Dawn
Robert Kurtzman was born on November 25, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), The Bye Bye Man (2017) and Gerald's Game (2017). He has been married to Marcia King-Kurtzman since February 22, 2019.
8. Phil Tippett
Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and includes two Academy Awards; and six nominations, one BAFTA award and four nominations, two Emmys and the advent of modern digital effects in motion pictures.
As a child...
Special_effects | Starship Troopers
Tom Woodruff Jr. was born in 1959 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Death Becomes Her (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). He is married to Tami Spitler Woodruff. They have three children.
10. Jack P. Pierce
Make_up_department | The Brain from Planet Arous
As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts ...
Special_effects | Hatchet
When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first ...
13. Grant McCune
Visual_effects | Star Wars
American special effects wizard and miniature model-making virtuoso. McCune partnered John Dykstra as head of Apogee Inc. between 1978 and 1992. He was chief model maker for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (in which he also had a small acting role as a Death Star gunner), the pilot for ...
15. Stephen Chiodo
Producer | Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Stephen Chiodo was born on March 2, 1954 in Bronx, New York, USA as Stephen Joseph Chiodo. He is known for his work on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Team America: World Police (2004) and Critters (1986). He is married to Teresa Willock. They have one child.
17. Edward Chiodo
Producer | Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Edward Chiodo was born on August 25, 1960 in Bronx, New York, USA as Edward Michael Chiodo. He is known for his work on Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), Team America: World Police (2004) and Critters (1986). He is married to Linda Phannstiel.