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Creator of ‘Star Wars’ X-wing and Death Star dies at 90

May 22, 2022, 3:20 PM | Updated: Jun 25, 2022, 8:55 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A model X-Wing fighter from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) estimate...
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A model X-Wing fighter from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) estimated at £60k-£80k goes on display ahead of the Prop Store Rare Film and TV Memorabilia auction at BFI IMAX on September 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

(AP) – Colin Cantwell, the man who designed the spacecraft in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 90.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Sierra Dall, Cantwell’s partner, confirmed that he died at his home in Colorado on Saturday.

Cantwell designed the prototypes for the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star.

He also worked on films including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “WarGames.”

Cantwell was born in San Francisco in 1932. Before working on Hollywood films, Cantwell attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he got a degree in animation. He also attended Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture.

In the 1960s he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA on educational programs about flights. Cantwell worked with NASA to feed Walter Cronkite updates during the 1969 moon landing.

Cantwell wrote two science fiction novels. He is survived by his partner of 24 years, Sierra Dall.

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Creator of ‘Star Wars’ X-wing and Death Star dies at 90