- Associated Press - Friday, August 10, 2012

MILAN, ITALY (AP) - Special effects master and three-time Oscar winner Carlo Rambaldi has died in southern Italy after a long illness. He was 86.

The LaPresse news agency said Rambaldi died Friday in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme, where he had lived for a decade.

Rambaldi was known as the father of `’E.T.” He won special effects Oscars for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 extraterrestrial hit, as well as Ridley Scott’s film `’Alien” in 1979, and John Guillermin’s `’King Kong” in 1976.

Calabria’s top culture official Mario Caligiuri called Rambaldi `’a magician of special effects” and `’an indisputable example of Italian creativity.”