Stuart Freeborn, Star Wars Make-Up Designer Dies, Aged 98
Stuart Freeborn has died, at the age of 98, CNN report. The make-up artist helped to design Jabba The Hut as well as some of the other creatures in the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene from the first Star Wars movie. Freeborn and his team helped to create characters such as Walrus Man, Snaggletooth and Greedo.
George Lucas, the Star Wars creator, paid tribute to Freeborn, explaining that he was already a legend before he started work on the Star Wars movie. “He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His 'Star Wars' creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations but at their heart they continue to be what Stuart created.” Stuart Freeborn and his team also created the teddy bear-like Ewoks which featured in Return of the Jedi.
Outside of the Star Wars franchise, Freeborn also did the makeup for Peter Sellers in Doctor Strangelove as well as working on Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai and The Great Muppet Caper. He was often joined, in his work, by his wife Kay, who passed away last year and his son Graham, who died in 1996.