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Douglas Trumbull

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Douglas Trumbull
Trumbull at the annual FMX Conference in 2012
Douglas Hunt Trumbull

(1942-04-08)April 8, 1942
DiedFebruary 7, 2022(2022-02-07) (aged 79)
Occupation(s)Film director, producer, writer, special effects supervisor

Douglas Hunt Trumbull (/ˈtrʌmbəl/; April 8, 1942 – February 7, 2022) was an American movie director, special effects supervisor, and inventor.[1] He was known for his special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life. He directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm.[2] Trumbull was born in Los Angeles, California. In 1979, he won a Saturn Award.

Trumbull died at a hospital in Albany, New York on February 7, 2022 from a stroke caused by brain cancer at the age of 79.[3][4]


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  1. "Douglas Trumbull Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search".
  2. "Douglas Trumbull". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2007. Archived from the original on November 5, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  3. Dagan, Carmel (February 8, 2022). "Douglas Trumbull, Who Pioneered VFX on '2001,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Close Encounters,' Dies at 79". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  4. Bartlett, Rhett (February 8, 2022). "Douglas Trumbull, Visual Effects Maestro on '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2022.