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Ralph McQuarrie, an artist whose paintings of a gold-plated robot in an otherworldly desert and an intergalactic sword duel between a scraggly youth and a black-masked villain helped persuade film executives to gamble on a young director named George Lucas and his visionary story, “Star Wars,” died March 3 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 82.
He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, said John Scoleri, co-author of a book of Mr. McQuarrie’s art.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
The rest of us are a bit crap.
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From what I've read, Lucas pretty made the whole thing up as he went along. Does anyone remember that the third film was going to be called Revenge of the Jedi, until fans pointed out that Jedis do not seek revenge.
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That is very sad but hye did quite well; 82 and he got a bullet to the noggin, back in Korea.
RIP, Ralph, you derserve it!
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