Colin Cantwell, the man who designed several of the spacecraft in the “Star Wars” films has died.
His partner, Sierra Dall, confirmed that Cantwell died at his home in Colorado on Saturday at age 90.
Cantwell visited Chadron in 2019 with a Meet and Greet hosted by Game Changer
Cantwell designed the prototypes for the X-wing Starfighter, TIE fighter and Death Star, but also worked on other films including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “WarGame.”
Cantwell also worked with NASA and CBS during the Apollo 11 mission. He was in the studio and coached Walter Cronkite through the technical side of things in real time during the moon landing.
Before working on Hollywood films, Cantwell attended UCLA, where he got a degree in animation, and he attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture founded by Frank Lloyd Wright.