It is just being reported that Isidoro Raponi died on May 27, 2022, from congestive heart failure. Mr. Raponi was 76 years old.
While Isidoro Raponi’s name may not be familiar, his movie work surely is. Mr. Raponi was a mechanical effects expert for movies. In addition to helping design, build and operate E.T. for Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Mr. Raponi’s effects could be seen in King Kong (76), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Running Man and The Godfather Part III to name a few of the movies he worked on.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Isidoro Raponi’s family, friends and fans.