Ralph McQuarrie (1929 - 2012)

Ralph Angus McQuarrie was born in Gary, Indiana, United States, in 1929. He was a conceptual designer and illustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award, Close Encounters of the Third Kind,  Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
McQuarrie worked as a technical illustrator for Boeing, as well as designing film posters and animating CBS News's coverage of the Apollo space program at the three-man company Reel Three.

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