Creator of Star Wars X-wing and Death Star Colin Cantwell dies at 90

Published 23 May, 2022 11:06am

The artist has worked on films 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Photo: Colin Cantwell /Instagram
Photo: Colin Cantwell /Instagram

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

The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Sierra Dall, Cantwell’s partner, confirmed that 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 including 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 got a degree in animation. He also attended Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture.

In the 1960s he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA on educational programs about flights. Cantwell worked with NASA to feed Walter Cronkite updates during the 1969 moon landing.

Cantwell wrote two science fictions novels. He is survived by his partner of 24 years, Sierra Dall.