Star Trek Visual Effects Artist Gary Hutzel has died at the age of sixty in Vancouver.
The news was announced on the Facebook page of Mike and Denise Okuda.
“We are reeling in shock at the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Gary Hutzel,” they posted. “His creativity, dedication and unfailing good humor helped make him a major contributor to the worlds of Star Trek: TNG and DS9, as well as Battlestar Galactica and numerous other projects that were fortunate to benefit from his genius.”
Born in 1955, Hutzel intended on a career in mechanical engineering, but decided to move to California and get into the motion picture industry instead.
Hutzel began his Trek work on The Next Generation, moving over to Deep Space Nine in 1992 when it made his debut. Over the years, he earned nine Emmy nominations for both shows, winning twice; once in 1992 for The Next Generation‘s Conundrum, and once in 1993 for Deep Space Nine‘s Emissary.
After Deep Space Nine wrapped, Hutzel moved on to SciFi‘s Battlestar Galactica, where his work earned him seven more Emmy nominations and two wins. He also worked on Red Planet, Spy Kids, A Wrinkle in Time, Bionic Woman, BSG:Razor, Virtuality, Caprica, Drive Angry, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, and Defiance.