Oscar-winning special effects master
Carlo Rambaldi, 86, an Academy Award-winning special effects master known as the father of "E.T.," died Friday in southern Italy after a long illness, Italian news media reported.
He won visual effects Oscars for "E.T.," Steven Spielberg's 1982 extraterrestrial hit, Ridley Scott's 1979 film"Alien" and John Guillermin's "King Kong" in 1976.
"Carlo Rambaldi was E.T.'s Geppetto," said Spielberg, referring to the fictional character who created Pinocchio. The director counted himself among those "who marveled and wondered at his...