Ray Harryhausen, 92, a special-effects titan who at age 13 was so overwhelmed by

King Kong

that he vowed he would grow up to create otherworldly creatures on film, died Tuesday at London's Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for about a week for an undisclosed ailment.

Though little known by the general public, Mr. Harryhausen, who was born in Los Angeles but lived in London from 1960 until his death, made 17 movies that are cherished by devotees of film fantasy.

Among his films were Jason and the Argonauts, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

. - AP