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Submission + - Ralph McQuarrie, Darth Vader Designer, Dead at 82 (empireonline.com)

Dominus Suus writes: The concept artist who designed iconic figures in the Star Wars Trilogy, ET, Battlestar Galactica, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and Star Trek IV, has passed away at 82. Originally a technical illustrator for Boeing in the 1960s, McQuarrie expanded into film and television. Then-unknown-director George Lucas hired McQuarrie in 1975 to design the characters who would become C-3P0, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Vader. In 1985 he shared the Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work in Ron Howard's Cocoon. He is survived by his wife Joan.

Submission + - Lester from Beakman's World passes away at 63 (nytimes.com)

Dominus Suus writes: Better late than never: on 7 December, Mark Ritts, who played the long-suffering, disgruntled actor-in-a-rat-suit Lester on Beakman's World succumbed to kidney cancer after battling the disease for two years. He was 63. Anyone born in the 1980s probably got their introduction to high school and university-level science from Beakman's World during its run from 1993 to 1998. Ritts' Lester was the comedic foil to Beakman's demonstrations and explanations, unwittingly becoming ridiculed himself as the scientist's experiments came to fruition. Those wishing to leave their condolences and thanks to this gifted performer's family may do so at Ritts' official website, www.markritts.com.

Submission + - Lester of Beakman's World Passes Away at 63 (nytimes.com) 2

Dominus Suus writes: Better late than never: on 7 December, Mark Ritts, who played the long-suffering, disgruntled actor-in-a-rat-suit Lester on Beakman's World succumbed to kidney cancer after battling the disease for two years. He was 63. Anyone born in the 1980s probably got their introduction to high school and university-level science from Beakman's World during its run from 1993 to 1998. Ritts' Lester was the comedic foil to Beakman's demonstrations and explanations, unwittingly becoming ridiculed himself as the scientist's experiments came to fruition. Those wishing to leave their condolences and thanks to this gifted performer's family may do so at Ritts' official website, www.markritts.com.

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