Rest In Peace, YODA creator, Stuart Freeborn

Stuart Freeborn

Sad news for STAR WARS fans everywhere, the legendary STUART FREEBORN, the puppet creator and make up artists of such legends as YODA and CHEWBACCA, has passed away at the age of 98

The following is George Lucas’ comment..

“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.”

The following is Frank Oz’s (the voice of Yoda) comment..

“He was a legend already. He was brilliant and he was a sweet man,”
“I remember going into that first meeting in this small workshop. I remember looking up and seeing masks of Chewbacca and everything else.”

Thank you for your contributions to cinema, Mr. Freeborn
We geeks everywhere thank you
Rest in peace


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