George E. Mather

Longtime character actor George E. Mather, who also functioned in a variety of capacities behind the camera, most notably as the production supervisor for special visual effects for “Star Wars,” has died.

Mather died June 4 of an apparent heart attack at his home in North Hollywood. He was 77.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., Mather was a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute. He served as a fighter pilot in both World War II and the Korean War.

Mather moved to Hollywood in the mid-1950s and appeared in a succession of TV shows and B films.

TV credits include “Death Valley Days,” “Hazel,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Ben Casey” and the Robert Taylor TV series “The Detectives.”

Mather also appeared in films such as “Man of a Thousand Faces” and “Ring of Terror.”

Behind the camera, Mather functioned in numerous capacities as a producer, director, production supervisor and director of photography.

He served as the second unit director on episodes of such TV shows as “The Fall Guy,” “Love Boat,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Matt Houston.”

He also served as production of special visual effects on “Star Wars” and “Meteor.”

Additionally, Mather served as associate producer for the 1980 feature “Galaxina,” which starred Dorothy Stratten.

In the mid-1980s, Mather served as production supervisor for Boss Film Corp., during which time the company produced visual effects for such films as “Ghostbusters,” “Fright Night” and “Poltergeist II.”

Mather was a longtime member of numerous unions and guilds including AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild and IATSE Local 659.

He is survived by his wife, Leonor , two brothers and a sister.

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