‘Star Wars’ Conceptual Designer Passes Away

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Ron Cobb, a cartoonist turned Star Wars set designer, has passed away at age 83.

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Credit: RonCobb.com

According to a Jedi News report about Cobb’s prolific work in the film industry:

Cobb brought to life several cantina creatures for Star Wars (1977) and came up with weaponry and sets for Conan the Barbarian (1982), the exterior and interior of the Nostromo ship in Alien (1978) and the earth colony complex in Aliens (1986) and the DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future (1985).

His prolific design work also included the breathing tanks and helmets in The Abyss (1989), the Omega Sector logo and the H bombs in True Lies (1990), the interior of the Mothership and the stranded tanker in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and the vehicles of The Last Starfighter (1984).

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The official Star Wars Twitter account shared a touching tribute to Ron Cobb.

They wrote:

We were saddened to learn of the passing of conceptual designer Ron Cobb, who designed one of the most memorable characters in the Mos Eisley cantina, Momaw Nadon. He also contributed to E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Back to the Future, and many more. He will be missed.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) also took to social media to share a heartfelt memorial about Cobb.
https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/1308204108449345536
Hamill wrote:
Ron Cobb was a giant in his field. His impact on sci-fi & fantasy films is immeasurable. Thank you for a lifetime of brilliant contributions & your incomparable imagination. #RIPRonCobb
Ron Cobb will be missed not only in the movie industry but by all those who knew and worked with him. The ITM team sends our thoughts and condolences to his friends and family members during this difficult time.
Artwork by Ron Cobb
Credit: Artwork by Ron Cobb
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