LucasFilm said Wednesday that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of
unforgettable contributions." It did not provide additional details on
"Star Wars" director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was "a
makeup legend" whose artistry will live on forever.
For "Star Wars," Freeborn helped create wise Jedi knight Yoda -- a
diminutive green figure whose features were partly inspired by Albert Einstein
and partly by Freeborn himself -- and 7-foot-tall wookie Chewbacca.
During a six-decade career, Freeborn also designed the apes in a memorable
sequence of Stanley Kubrick's space epic "2001."