Carlo Rambaldi worked with a lot of Italian directors including Pier Paolo Padolini and Dario Argento, but became well known for his work in Hollywood.
Not only did Rambaldi work on Steven Spielberg's, ET, he also worked on Ridley Scott's 1979 film, Alien and John Guillermin's, King Kong in 1976. It is testimony to his amazing work that he won Oscars in all three.
According to BBC News
, Rambaldi died in hospital in the city of Lamezia Terme. Carlo Rambaldi, is a specialist in special effects and was known as the father of E.T. He died on Friday, in Southern Italy, after suffering a long term illness. Aged 86, Rambaldi was well loved and respected in the entertainment business.
Carlo Rambaldi worked on over 30 films, but was best known for E.T. He created three robots, two costumes, worn by actors in the scenes and gloves for the hands.
Rambaldi was an expert of a discipline called mechatronics that combines disciplines including mechanical, electronic and system design engineering.
Rambaldi was born in Northern Italy and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1951. His dream was to be an artist, but he was drawn into cinema when he was asked to create a dragon for a low-budget science fiction film in 1956, according to Variety.com
He moved to Rome and got work in television before his first success, the 1975 Italian horror "Deep Red". It was because Dino De Lareuntiis noticed him in "Deep Red" that he invited him to work on "King Kong" reports Boston.com