Creator of Star Wars' Yoda Dies at 98

Cory Parks
By Cory Parks | February 8, 2013 | 6:16 PM EST

Legendary makeup artist Stuart Freeborn, who is best known for his creature creations in the Star Wars Trilogy, died in London on Tuesday at the age of 98. George Lucas noticed him for his work on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lucas reached out to him to work on this low budget film called Star Wars.

Freeborn's ideas grew into the creation of iconic characters such as Yoda, Chewbacca, and Jabba The Hut. He created the Ewoks, creatures from the planet Endor, which are one of the most talked about creatures from the Star Wars franchise, aside from the much-disliked Jar Jar Binks.

Star has posted this statement from George Lucas,

"Stuart was already a makeup legend when he started on Star Wars... 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 for the original films."

Stuart Freeborn's work helped define the sci-fi world. His work will always live on and he will always be remembered for what he created.

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