Stan Winston's Terrifying Terminator Endoskeleton
Stan brought to life the most frightening robot ever envisioned.
Special effects and makeup guru Stan Winston passed away on Sunday, June 15th in Los Angeles, California. He was 62. Winston died at home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Winston was best known for his work for the "Terminator," "Jurassic Park" and "Predator" series, and Edward Scissorhands. The 3-time Oscar winner most recently worked on Iron Man and was special effects supervisor on the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Winston won Oscars for Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992) and Jurassic Park (1993).
It was with shock and sadness that I heard the news of his passing on TV yesterday. I had not even known he was ill. Enjoying his talent in Iron Man, the thought of his possible premature departure was the farthest thing from my mind. Yet, he apparently knew it could be soon, but didn't let it stop his creative output or his future plans. I wonder if I could have done so in his position.
Look into my eyes... and wet your pants like a widdle-bitty baby.
A Personal Recollection...
My earliest exposure to a Stan Winston effort (although I didn't know it at the time) was when I saw the first broadcast of the made-for-TV movie "Gargoyles" in 1972 on the CBS Saturday Night Movie. Ah, what a time. I was 13 years old, and loved the movie. I was staying over at my grandmother's house for the weekend, as I often did, and unlike at home, I was free to watch what I pleased. The memories of this movie are colorfully tinged with the happiness of the time I had while watching it; eating Krystal cheeseburgers with Grandma and reading a new issue of The Monster Times during the commercials. So it was with extreme pleasure that I recently acquired the DVD release, and relived those days, eating fresh cheese Krystals and near at hand the very same copy of TMT.
As exciting a time as it was for me watching the movie back in '72, in looking back I can only imagine how exciting it was for young 24 year-old Stan, just beginning his film career, and getting his break to do the makeup and costumes for a TV movie. His work in it is the major reason it is remembered so fondly today, and won him his first Emmy award.
Sure, the costumes showed some zippers and wrinkles, but they also showed more than a glimpse at the genius of Stan, which would only find greater expression as time went by. Thanks, Stan, for giving me a lot of thrills and chills over the years.
You will be missed.