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Special Effects Guru Robbie Knott Dies

Special Effects Guru Robbie Knott Dies
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By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:27 AM

Special effects guru Robbie Knott, died on June 29 in Portland, Oregon, from complications relating to a scuba diving accident that ended his career in 2006, his son Brian Knott told The Hollywood Reporter.

Robbie Knott, who was 73 years old at the time of his death, was best known for his work in special effects for "The Muppet Movie," "Donnie Darko" and "The Nutty Professor" reboot, according to IMDb.

Growing up near the Paramount lot in Hollywood, California, where his mother was an assistant to legendary costume designer Edith Head, Robbie Knott carved himself a career in film.

One of the first major films in which he worked for was "Repo Man" in 1984, which was followed by a string of other blockbusters including "Dances with Wolves" in 1990, "Dante's Peak" in 1997 and "Stuart Little 2" in 2002, The Hollywood Reporter said.

He also dabbled in television, working on programs such as NBC's "Remington Steele."

A 1979 article appearing in American Cinematographer magazine described him as a "new breed of special effects technician — youngish, with a quiet but vibrant enthusiasm for what he does and, more often than not, operating independently of any major studio affiliation."

Speaking to the publication shortly after wrapping up filming for "The Muppet Movie," Robbie Knott described what it was like building "the world's largest puppet."

He explained that crews "only built the head, collar, arms and hands, but it was a 15-foot head, a little larger than King Kong."

His career came to an abrupt end during a visit to Micronesia in 2006, when he suffered a scuba-diving accident after getting the bends, and became paralyzed from the waist down, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

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Robbie Knott, died on June 29 in Portland, Oregon, from complications relating to a scuba diving accident that ended the special effects guru's career in 2006.
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