Yoda's spiritual grandfather, Stuart Freeborn, dies at 98

Written by Maria Sciullo on .


A long time ago, in a land far, far away (that would be England), a young man named Stuart Freeborn decided not to follow in the footsteps of his father, who worked for legendary insurer Lloyds of London.

Instead, he broke into the movie business as a make-up artist. Stuart Freeborn, who would go on to create some of the most memorable creatures in the "Star Wars" galaxy, died recently at the age of 98. His granddaughter said Wednesday that he succumbed to a variety of age-related illnesses.

yodaHis cinematic offspring included the monkeys from the dawn of man in "2001: A Space Odyssey," but he will best be remembered for the likes of Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt and of course, the Jedi master to end all masters, Yoda.

In an interview with the BBC, Freeborn said he was approached by "this young fellow" named George Lucas who told him: "I've written a script for a film called 'Star Wars'.

"He was so genuine about it, I thought, well, young as he is, I believe in him. He's got something, I'll do what I can for him."

Legions of fans will remember hiim.

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