Hollywood Concept Artist Colin Cantwell, Who Designed Iconic Star Wars Aircraft Including the X-Wing and Helped Broadcast the Moon Landing, Is Dead at 90

Colin Cantwell, the longtime Hollywood concept artist who designed several iconic spacecraft for the ‘Star Wars’ franchise – most notably the X-Wing Starfighter and the Death Star – died this weekend at his Colorado home. He was 90.

Sierra Dall, Cantwell’s long-time partner, confirmed the news on his official Instagram page on Saturday. In the final years of his life, Cantwell had reportedly been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was perhaps best known for designing the prototypes for the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star. He also created lesser known spacecrafts in the science-fiction series, such as the Y-wing, the Star Destroyer, the Tantive IV (which was supposed to be the Millennium Flacon), the landspeeder and the sandcrawler.

He further worked on other classic films, including ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ‘WarGames,’ and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’

Before his Hollywood career, Cantwell also worked at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory and helped provide updates between the press and astronauts during the 1969 moon landing – playing a key role in Walter Cronkite’s live broadcast of the events.

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Source: Daily Mail