Ray Harryhausen

The stop-motion animation legend known for creating special effects for "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction film classics became a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and James Cameron. He was 92. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ray-harryhausen-20130508,0,7687365.story" class="center_label">Full&nbsp;obituary</a>  

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The stop-motion animation legend known for creating special effects for "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction film classics became a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and James Cameron. He was 92. Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012

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