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Kit West (1936–2016)

Kit West was born in 1936 in Wandsworth, London, England as Christopher John West. He is known for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and DragonHeart (1996). He died on April 16, 2016 in London. See full bio »


(age 80) in London, England

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Known For

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark Special Effects
DragonHeart Special Effects
Dune Special Effects


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 2008 City of Ember (senior special effects supervisor)
 2005 Doom (special effects supervisor)
 2004 The Bourne Supremacy (special effects supervisor)
 2004 Around the World in 80 Days (special effects supervisor)
 2001 Enemy at the Gates (special effects coordinator)
 1998 Black Dog (mechanical effects supervisor) / (physical effects supervisor)
 1997 Kull the Conqueror (special effects supervisor)
 1996 Daylight (special effects supervisor)
 1996 DragonHeart (special effects supervisor)
 1992 Shadow of the Wolf (special effects supervisor)
 1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise (special effects)
 1992 Universal Soldier (special effects designer) / (special effects supervisor)
 1991 Todo por la pasta (special effects)
 1989 Casualties of War (special effects supervisor)
 1988 Taffin (special effects supervisor)
 1987 Empire of the Sun (special effects supervisor)
 1987 Rent-a-Cop (special effects consultant)
 1986 Tai-Pan (special effects supervisor)
 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes (special effects supervisor)
 1985 Eleni (special effects supervisor)
 1985 King David (special effects supervisor)
 1984 Dune (mechanical special effects)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (mechanical effects supervision)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (mechanical effects supervisor)
 1980 Lion of the Desert (special effects supervisor)
 1980 The Sea Wolves (special effects)
 1980 The Big Red One (special effects)
 1979 Avalanche Express (special effects)
 1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men (special effects)
 1978 The Wild Geese (special effects)
 1977 Equus (special effects)
 1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (special effects)
 1975 The New Spartans (special effects)
 1975 Love and Death (chief special effects)
 1975 Paper Tiger (special effects)
 1975 The Wilby Conspiracy (special effects)
 1974 Dracula (TV Movie) (special effects)
 1973 Charley-One-Eye (special effects)
 1971 Catlow (special effects)
 1971 'Doc' (special effects)
 1970 El Condor (special effects)
 1969 Moon Zero Two (special effects photography)
 1969 Some Girls Do (special effects)
 1969 Play Dirty (special effects)
 1968 Salt and Pepper (special effects)
 1967 Five Million Years to Earth (special effects assistant - uncredited)
 1967 Billion Dollar Brain (special effects)
 1967 Deadlier Than the Male (special effects)
 1966 Lost Command (special effects)
 1965 Battle of the Bulge (special effectsman)
 1965/I She (special effects assistant - uncredited)
 1964 First Men in the Moon (technical staff)
 1963 The Kiss of the Vampire (special effects assistant - uncredited)
 1963 Paranoiac (special effects - uncredited)
 1962 These Are the Damned (special effects assistant - uncredited)
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West was responsible for the "old school" mechanical effects on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Return of the Jedi (1983). On the latter, he oversaw all the robots, including the radio-controlled R2-D2, and received a BAFTA award. West shared the visual effects Oscar for Raiders with Richard Edlund, Bruce Nicholson and Joe Johnston. See more »

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