The Oscar-winning special effects artist best known for creating the extra-terrestrial character in E.T. has died in his native Italy, aged 86.
Carlo Rambaldi also won acclaim for his work in the 1970s films King Kong and Alien.
He mastered a discipline known as mechatronics -combining mechanical, electronic and system design engineering.
E.T.‘s director Steven Spielberg said those who had marvelled at his craft and artistry were deeply saddened.