Tony Dyson, who designed and built the original R2-D2 for the Star Wars Trilogy was found dead in his apartment, it is believed he died of natural causes. He was 68.
Dyson, a British professor and special effects supervisor, did not actually design the droid. His company, The White Horse Toy Company, built the 8 R2-D2 models, based off the artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, including two fitted with a seat for the pilot, actor Kenny Baker to sit.
He also created extensive visual effects for films like Superman II, Moonraker, and Dragon Slayer as well as son TV shows. He had dedicated a facebook page and a twitter account to his work which he was extremely proud of.
Dyson was once quoted saying;
“Creativity is knowing how to play, how to think outside the box, and apply logic to imagination, Play more. Have a playful attitude, and seek joy in everything you come across. These things make you more creative.”
He will always be remembered for his legacy in the film industry and his friendly little droid! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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