Thomas Pottage dies at 50

Sculptor's work appeared in 'Jurassic Park'

Sculptor Thomas William Pottage, whose work has been seen in more than a dozen Hollywood pics, including “Jurassic Park,” “The Flintstones,” “Batman Forever” and “Dracula,” at theme parks across the U.S., as well as at several Las Vegas hotel-casinos, died Monday, Aug. 17, in Cameron Park, Calif., following a 15-year battle with cancer. He was 50.

Pottage carved the bones that appeared in “Jurassic Park,” and for the bigscreen adaptation of “The Flintstones,” he sculpted the sets, which appeared to be constructed of granite or giant bones, out of foam rubber.

His work also appeared in zoos and museums; his nonshowbiz efforts included statuary for churches and the like.

Pottage was born in Glendale, Calif., and grew up in La Crescenta. His first entertainment-industry job was as a model builder at Universal Studios. After struggling through major cancer surgery at age 35, he founded Genesis Sculpture Studio just east of Carson City, Nev.

Pottage is survived by a son; his father and mother; and a brother.

Funeral services will be held Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Chimes, Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Calif., followed by interment.

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