Obituary: Ralph McQuarrie

Artist Ralph McQuarrie (b.1929) died on March 3. McQuarrie is best known for providing the original concept art for the Star Wars films and also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and Cocoon, for which he won an Oscar. He got his start illustrating air and space craft designs for Boeing in the 1950s and was commissioned by George Lucas to create paintings which could be used to help sell the studio on the idea for Star Wars in 1975.