Willis O'Brien
Date of Birth
Mar 02, 1886
Birth Place:
Oakland, CA


Distinguished special effects expert Willis O'Brien was an innovator of stop-motion photography. Before he began toying with effects and trick photography in 1914, O'Brien had been a cartoonist for the San Francisco Daily News and a professional marble sculptor. His early filmwork caught the eye of the Edison company and they signed him on to a series of short films about the Stone Age. Some of...