He won an Oscar for his work as chief model-maker on the first Star Wars movie in 1997, says the story.
“He began in special effects in 1975 when he and friend Bill Shourt were hired to make a giant white shark model for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws”, says the CBC, adding:
“They got no credit for the film, but McCune caught the eye of the film community and he became chief model maker for Star Wars, where he created R2-D2 and many of the creatures that populate the film.
“He later became a partner at Apogee Productions, where he worked on films such as Die Hard, Never Say Never Again and Caddyshack.
“McCune went on to launch his own company, Grant McCune Design, which handled films such as Speed, Batman Forever, U.S. Marshals, Red Planet, U-571 and Spider-Man.”
He was 67.
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