Joe Zomar, veteran film and TV special effects technician, died May 23 of lung cancer at Tarzana Regional Medical Center. He was 76.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1929, Zomar and family relocated to Los Angeles when he was three.
After World War II service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Zomar returned to Los Angeles and began his career in earnest by working on the John Garfield-Lana Turner film “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”
He was later part of the effects team that created the rain for the Gene Kelly dance sequence in “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Zomar also worked on features such as “Oklahoma Crude,” “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing” and “Little Big Man.”
When the studio system began to wane in the 1950s, Zomar alternated between film and television, working on numerous TV series including “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun, Will Travel” and “The Addams Family.”
Additional film credits include “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “1941.”
He is survived by his wife, Gloria, a son and daughter, two sisters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Family suggests donations in Zomar’s name be sent to the Motion Picture Home.