Ray Harryhausen, the man who pioneered the use of stop-motion special effects in Hollywood, has died at the age of 92, his family announced on Tuesday. In an era before CGI, Harryhausen used clay monsters and mythical creatures to bring life to live-action adventure films like Clash of the Titans, Valley of the Gwangi and Jason and the Argonauts. He inspired the likes of John Landis, Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro, and was awarded both a Bafta and a special Academy Award for his work

Photos: Jason and the Argonauts, 1963, directed by Don Chaffey, in which Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton models battle Jason Credit : Everett Collection/Rex Features
Working on a model of Medusa from the film Clash Of The Titans, 1981 Credit: Allstar/Cinetext/MGM