Make-up artist Stuart Freeborn has died

Stuart Freeborn

Original trilogy make-up artist Stuart Freeborn has died at age 98, the BBC reports.

Freeborn worked on many celebrated films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but Star Wars fans will know him best as the man who created Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt and Yoda. He famously based Yoda’s face on Albert Einstein – and himself.

StarWars.com writes more about his Star Wars contributions, as well as comment from George Lucas:

“Stuart was already a makeup legend when he started on Star Wars,” said George Lucas. “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.”

Below the cut, a two-part documentary where Freeborn talks about his work.

4 thoughts on “Make-up artist Stuart Freeborn has died

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  2. Steve Mitz May

    Despite the joys and triumphs of the Star Wars trilogy, no other make-up artists was a true pioneer for decades unlike Stuart. He experimented with Silicone before it became industry standard and made a stamp on cinematic history in many ways. A severe loss and a true inspiration to other independent make-up artists. RIP!

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