"I came from the old school of special effects. Prior to Star Wars, everything was based around what you could do with your idea for a shot—you could not get the money to build anything too complex. The reason for that is simple. People were not making sci-fi movies much before Star Wars."
―Dennis Muren[src]

Dennis Muren (born November 1, 1946) is a special effects artist who worked on the first five Star Wars films.


Muren was born in Glendale, California to Elmer Ernest Muren and Charline Louise (née Clayton).[1] He attended Pasadena City College and California State University. During his studies, Muren made a short science fiction movie named Equinox, which was later distributed by Tonylyn Productions, a small film company. Shortly after getting his associate degree in business, Muren was hired at ILM in 1976 to work on George Lucas's upcoming film, Star Wars.[2]

Muren won six Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Innerspace, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park, as well as two Special Achievement Awards for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

On June 3, 1999, Muren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[3]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Dennis Muren Biography (1946–). Film Reference. Retrieved on October 7, 2013.
  2. Dennis Muren. Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved on October 7, 2013.
  3. Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony for Dennis Muren. (1999-06-04). Retrieved on October 6, 2013.

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