Ralph Macquarie, the artist who helped George Lucas bring Stars Wars to the big screen, has died aged 82. Born in Gary, Indiana, Macquarie began his career as a technical illustrator for aero plane maker Boeing and designing film posters. He was hired by Lucas to design a number of of the characters and scenes for his space opera Star Wars In 1975.
His rewards included an uncredited role in the sequel The Empire Strikes Back, as General Pharl Macquarie, and his own action figure. Macquarie also designed the alien spaceships in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.According to Lucas His genial contribution, in the form of unequalled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy.