Rambaldi, Carlo

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Rambaldi, Carlo Gender: M
born on 15 September 1925 at 08:58 (= 08:58 AM )
Place Vigarano Mainarda, Italy, 44n50, 11e30
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 21°57' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 20°00 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 26°23'

Portrait of Carlo Rambaldi 
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Carlo Rambaldi


Italian artist whose greatest fame came with the technical creation of creatures in film making.

He attended the Technical Institute V. Monti in Ferrara, 1947 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, 1951. He won a number of painting and engraving prizes over the next three years. During this period he developed studies in which he regarded the body as a moving machine, from the bone structure to muscle dynamics, out of which comes movement and expression. He holds patents or copyrights which resolve the problems of animation of the human body, of quadrupeds and of winged animals.

In 1957 he moved to Rome. Encouraged by the friends in the film industry, he made a debut in the field of animation with "The Legend of Sigfrid," 1958. In the following years he worked with such noted film directors as Dino De Laurentiis, Joseph Mancievitz, Joseph Losey, Orson Welles, Paolo Pasolini, F. Fellini and Woody Allen on dozens of projects.

His American films include "King Kong," 1976, for which he won the Academy Award in March 1977 for creating Kong, "White Buffalo," 1976, where he created a mechanical walking and galloping buffalo, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1977, for his creation of mechanical extraterrestrials, "Night Wing," 1978, where he created electromechanical bats, "Alien," 1979, for the extraterrestrial monster for which he won the 1980 Academy Award for Special Effects. He worked on "The Hand," 1980, building a remote-control hand, on "Possession," 1980, creating four mechanical entities, and on Spielberg's "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," in 1981, building the electronic E.T.

On 11/24/1982, the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles had an exhibition of his technology and some of his film creatures.

Married; he and his wife Bruna have two sons, Alesandro who is an interior designer and Vittorio, a director and writer with Lorimar Studios in Italy.

He died in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, on 10 August 2012, age 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Entertainment: Alien (born 25 May 1979). Notes: Created the mechanical head-effects for the Alien


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1947 at 12:00 midnight in Ferrara, Italy (Attended the Tech. Ist. V. Monti)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1951 (Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Family : Change residence 1957 (Moved to Rome)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 October 1957 at 12:01 AM in Ferrara, Italy (Son Vittorio born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 4 April 1959 at 07:45 AM in Ferrara, Italy (Son Alesandro born)
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  • Work : Prize 1980 (Academy Award for Special Effects)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 November 1982 in Los Angeles (Exhibit of his technology at the CA Museum of Sceince and Tech.)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 10 August 2012 in Catanzaro (Age 86)
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Source Notes

Dana Haynes quotes him, client; Steinbrecher gives 8:00 AM


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Both sons noted)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (His technology displayed at museum)
  • Vocation : Computer : Programmer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Production jobs (Technical creator of animated objects)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Four)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession