George Eugene Turner, former editor of American Cinematographer magazine who also had worked in special effects and animation, died June 20 at Huntington Memorial Hospital of Pasadena, Calif., due to congestive heart failure. He was 73.
After serving in the Navy in World War II, Turner became a cartoonist and illustrator for books and magazines, going on to work as a production illustrator, special effects artist and animator in films and TV.
Films to which he contributed include “The Shape of Things to Come” (1979), “One From the Heart” (1982) and “Creature” (1985). TV credits include “Zorro,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Friends.”
In 1983, he joined American Cinematographer and was named editor two years later. Turner retired in 1991, though he continued to work as a consultant, writer and book reviewer for the publication.
A noted film historian, he additionally wrote, edited and illustrated numerous books, including “The ASC Treasury of Visual Effects,” “A 100 Year Old Start on Tomorrow,” and “The Cinema of Adventure, Romance & Terror.”
Turner is survived by four sons and three grandchildren
Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Turner’s name be made to a favorite charity.