X-wing Colin Cantwell, creator of ‘Star Wars’ Death Star, dies at 90

Colin Cantwell, the man who designed the spaceship in the Star Wars movies, has died. He was 90.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Sierra Dall, Cantwell’s partner, confirmed he died at his home in Colorado on Saturday.

Cantwell designed the prototypes for the X-Wing Starfighter, TIE Fighter, and Death Star.

He also worked on films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and WarGames.

Cantwell was born in San Francisco in 1932. Before working on Hollywood films, Cantwell attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in animation. He also attended Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture.

Colin Cantwell designed the prototypes for the X-Wing Starfighter, TIE Fighter, and Death Star.
Cantwell designed the prototypes for the X-Wing Starfighter, TIE Fighter, and Death Star.
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In the 1960s he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA on flight education programs. Cantwell worked with NASA to provide updates to Walter Cronkite during the 1969 moon landing.

Cantwell has written two science fiction novels. He is survived by his 24-year-old partner, Sierra Dall.

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