Ralph McQuarrie: The Artist Who Made Star Wars Shine

Discover the man whose talent gave shape to the galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars: A New Hope was the first feature film he ever worked on

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McQuarrie initially thought the project was too ambitious

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McQuarrie's art persuaded Fox to take George Lucas' pitch seriously

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He conceived of Vader's iconic breathing apparatus

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Without McQuarrie, Anthony Daniels wouldn't have taken the role of C-3PO

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His favorite character was R2-D2

He had a cameo in The Empire Strikes Back

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When Lucas struggled with a concept, he would refer to McQuarrie's art

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Although he only directly worked on the original trilogy, his contributions continue to shape the Star Wars universe

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He won an Academy Award 

His legacy continues to influence science fiction

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