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Stuart Freeborn, makeup artist behind Yoda, dies at 98

LONDON (AP) -- Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist who created creatures for "2001: A Space Odyssey" and the "Star Wars" films, has died. He was 98.

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LucasFilm said Wednesday that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions." It did not provide additional details on Freeborn's death.

"Star Wars" director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was "a makeup legend" whose artistry will live on forever.

For "Star Wars," Freeborn helped create wise Jedi knight Yoda -- a diminutive green figure whose features were partly inspired by Albert Einstein and partly by Freeborn himself -- and 7-foot-tall wookie Chewbacca.

During a six-decade career, Freeborn also designed the apes in a memorable sequence of Stanley Kubrick's space epic "2001."

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Feb 6, 2013 4:54PM

Movies need to go back to puppets. Original Yoda looks so much live life like than the CG crap of today. Here's something for Disney/JJ, go back to the old school ways and be BOLD! at least for humanoid characters. Robots are ok CG. That would be something!

Feb 6, 2013 5:47PM
A job well done, Mr. Stuart Freeborn.  Thank you for all your make up artistry talents for Star Wars. May you rest in peace.  My condolences and sympathies to your family and friends.

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