Stop-Motion Pioneer Ray Harryhausen Dies, Age 92

Movie-making legend passes

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Stop-motion animination legend Ray Harryhausen has passed away in London at the age of 92.

He died of natural causes, leaving a legacy of incredible achievements in the art of film-making.

He had become a cult figure for creating special effects for movies such as Jason And The Argonauts and The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

Although from Los Angeles, Harryhausen had lived in London for more than 40 years. His death was confirmed today by long-serving rep Kenneth Kleinberg.

Harryhausen had earned plaudits for using the time-consuming process of taking images of three-dimensional models and making tiny adjustments for each frame; putting them all together to create the illusion of movement.

Ray Harryhausen in 2008 (WENN)

Working in the days prior to computer animation, his tasks were made all the more pain-staking by the fact that he only had two or three assistants on his projects in a bid to keep costs down.

Paying tribute on Twitter tonight, Jonathan Ross wrote: "So sad to hear that the wonder filled Mr Ray Harryhausen has gone. I found his phone number when I was a kid and called him up! A kind man."

Rufus Hound also joined in, writing: "Ray Harryhausen has stopped motion. Sad to bid farewell to a true artist."

And Simon Pegg said: "Ray Harryhausen an inspiration and a legend, even before he left us. His influence cannot be measured and has shaped cinema as we know it."