Bob McCarthy

Bob McCarthy, longtime special effects director in all entertainment fields, died Oct. 31 of respiratory failure at his home in Northridge. He was 66.

A native of New York City and veteran of the Korean War, McCarthy enjoyed a prolific career, creating special effects for Broadway, TV, film and rock concerts. At one time he served as special effects director for Jackie Gleason and later was the lead designer of special effects for Disney’s Epcot Center.

A sampling of his credits include the feature “The Philadelphia Experiment” and the TV shows “Saturday Night Live,” “Twin Peaks,” “Search for Haunted Hollywood” and “Touched by an Angel.”

McCarthy created special effects for numerous rock performers including Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kiss, Earth, Wind & Fire, Van Halen and Genesis.

He also authored the book “Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects.”

He is survived by his wife, Carol, two children, three granddaughters and a brother.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Church on the Way, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys.

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