Tony Dyson, man behind Star Wars robot R2-D2, found dead in Gozo. Tony Dyson, one of the main creators of Star Wars' robot R2-D2 has been found dead in Gozo. The body of the 68-year-old Briton was discovered at his home in Triq Zirzieb, Munxar, Gozo, after the police were alerted by friends about his absence for a number of days. Mr Dyson, who was known for his infectious laugh, had recently taken part in the Malta Comic Convention. Speaking to Times of Malta last December, Mr Dyson said: "Be playful. Never stop playing. If you look at life the way it really should be – enjoyed – then you become very creative". An inquiry is underway though no foul play is suspected at this stage. Mr Dyson lived in Malta since the early 1990s. R2-D2 became one of the world's favourite robots, forming part of the Star Wars franchise which has grown from strength to strength since the first film in 1977. Mr Dyson, the versatile Emmy-nominated film SFX supervisor was the creative genius at the helm of many big sci-fi films, including Superman 2 and Moonraker. He also designed and built robots for some of the largest electronic companies in the world, including Sony, Philips and Toshiba.
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Tony Dyson, el hombre que llevó al cine al robot más conocido de la saga ‘Star Wars‘, ha muerto a los 68 años. Dyson fue encontrado sin vida en su casa después de que un vecino avisara a la policía de que la puerta de su domicilio llevaba más de un día abierta.

A partir de los diseños de Ralph McQuarrie, Tony fue el responsable de construir hasta 8 modelos distintos de R2-D2 como encargo de la franquicia para posteriormente coronarse de éxito con uno de los personajes más queridos por todos los seguidores de la obra de George Lucas.

Dyson se habrá ido pero su memoria quedará siempre para el recuerdo en un R2-D2 al que él mismo se refería como su “hijo”.

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