You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lawrence Cavanaugh

Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60.

Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” “Six Days and Seven Nights” and most recently “Mission: Impossible II.”

He supervised 29 feature films and worked with such helmers as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Norman Jewison, William Friedkin, Warren Beatty and John Woo.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jan; two sons; a brother; and a granddaughter.

More Scene

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • Conan O'Brien Children's Defense Gala

    Kate Hudson, Conan O'Brien Attend Children's Defense Fund Gala: 'Some of You Literally Dodged Fire to Get Here'

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    FCC Chair Plays for Laughs at D.C. Event Amid Fierce Net Neutrality Debate

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • GQ Men of the Year Awards

    Stars Reflect on 2017 at GQ's Men of the Year Party: 'This Is a Year of Cultural Revolution'

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • 29Rooms LA

    Demi Lovato, Margot Robbie, Janelle Monáe Celebrate Art Carrying Out 'Positive Change' at 29Rooms LA

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • Variety Press Play Home Entertainment and

    Variety’s Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame Inducts Five Industry Leaders

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

  • TrevorLIVE

    Kristin Chenoweth Doesn't Know If She'll Be in Season 2 of 'American Gods'

    Lawrence James Cavanaugh, a longtime special effects coordinator, died Nov. 22 in Colorado from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 60. Cavanaugh, who enjoyed a 35-year career, was mentored by effects wizard Joe Lombardi and subsequently worked on numerous films including “Catch 22,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Far and Away,” “Godfather III,” “Dick Tracy,” “Jade,” “Face Off,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content