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Disney Imagineering Consultant and Artist Dan Goozee Passes at 80

The creative, also known for his movie poster art and production illustrations on shows like ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ died of an age-related condition on April 7.

Dan Goozee, the renowned artist known for his movie posters, production illustrations for Fox, and his work as a Walt Disney Imagineering theme park consultant, passed away on April 7 of an age-related condition, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 80.

Over his illustrious career, Goozee created posters for many beloved films, including Clash of the TitansSuperman IV, the James Bond installments MoonrakerOctopussy and A View to a Kill, and many more.

Born in Astoria, Oregon in 1943, Goozee disovered his love of art early in life. Graduating from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena in 1965, Goozee began his career in the art department at Fox in 1966. While working at the studio, Goozee created illustrations for Doctor Dolittle (1967), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). He also created effects illustrations for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) and Battlestar Galactica (1978).

An artist with an unmatched eye, the creative also served as a Walt Disney Imagineering theme park consultant. During his time with Disney, Goozee crafted conceptual artwork for Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea; Splash Mountain and Big Thunder; the Imagination Pavilion and Seas Pavilion at EPCOT; and the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom.

For his many decades of work, Goozee was honored by the Oil Painters of America, Watercolor West, and the California National Watercolor Society, among others. He is survived by his son Rob; his wife Michi; daughter-in-law Sarah; and twin grandsons Christopher and Jonathan. 

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