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"Star Wars" Designer Ralph McQuarrie Dead At 82

Ralph McQuarrie, the artist whose conceptual paintings were instrumental in designing the landmark “Star Wars” films, has died at age 82. His contributions to film history are undeniable; I am so sad.

The success of his “Star Wars” paintings launched a late feature film career for McQuarrie that included helping design such classics as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” “Cocoon,” “Total Recall,” and the original TV series “Battlestar Galactica.”

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