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Also Known As: Willis H O'Brien, Willis H. O'Brien Died: November 8, 1962
Born: March 2, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: special effects artist, cartoonist, sculptor

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Former marble-cutter and cartoonist who began using stop-motion photography to make short films, often featuring models of dinosaurs, in the early teens. O'Brien's efforts attracted the attention of the Edison company, for whom he made ten five-minute shorts on Stone Age subjects before applying his talents to feature films in the 20s. O'Brien pioneered the use of rubber, rather than clay, models, an innovation that first reached the screen in "The Lost World" (1925). Other outstanding examples of O'Brien's work include the oversized apes of "King Kong" (1933) and "Mighty Joe Young" (1949).

Former marble-cutter and cartoonist who began using stop-motion photography to make short films, often featuring models of dinosaurs, in the early teens. O'Brien's efforts attracted the attention of the Edison company, for whom he made ten five-minute shorts on Stone Age subjects before applying his talents to feature films in the 20s. O'Brien pioneered the use of rubber, rather than clay, models, an innovation that first reached the screen in "The Lost World" (1925). Other outstanding examples of O'Brien's work include the oversized apes of "King Kong" (1933) and "Mighty Joe Young" (1949).

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