Academy Award-nominated art director, production illustrator and visual effects artist George Jenson died on May 25 at the age of 87. He was the production illustrator on RETURN OF THE JEDI, and received an Oscar nomination for visual effects for his work on 2010. Jenson began his film career in 1964 as a production illustrator/storyboard artist at 20th Century Fox Studios, working for producer Irwin Allen’s series LOST IN SPACE, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, TIME TUNNEL and LAND OF THE GIANTS. He moved to Filmation Associates as a layout artist and illustrator on the animated TV series STAR TREK, MISSION MAGIC, LASSIE'S RESCUE RANGERS and MY FAVORITE MARTIAN from 1972 to '75.
Jenson worked as a production illustrator on live-action feature films including Disney’s ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and MGM’s LOGAN'S RUN. He joined Steven Spielberg’s Amblin for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and worked on CHRISTINE, ROMANCING THE STONE and RED DAWN. He was a production illustrator on DUNE, POLTERGEIST II, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, THE PERFECT STORM, DOCTOR DOOLITTLE 2, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD. He was visual effects art director on BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, THE BOY WHO COULD FLY, LEONARD PART 6 and VIBES, art director on EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICAN and production designer on SOLAR CRISIS.
Born in Calgary, Canada, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was six. He was the younger brother of stuntman/character actor Roy Jenson. After serving overseas in Germany for the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Jenson attended the Art Students League in New York City on the G.I. Bill. Jenson also played the piano and wrote fiction. He retired in 2003 and is survived by his wife, Susie, and three children.