Stan holds an "Honorary Doctorate of Humanities" from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
In his spare time, Stan enjoys exercising at his in-studio gym.
The second movie Stan directed was A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)
Stan designed the "Mr. Roboto" facemask for the rock group Styx.
Stan is the father of Matt Winston.
In his spare time, Stan likes to drive his Harley Davidson motorbike.
Stan was the producer for Wrong Turn (2003).
Stan was the second unit director on Congo (1995).
Stan created the Wookie costumes for The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).
Stan's first movie as a director was Pumpkinhead (1989).
Stan's most notable creature works in films include the `Terminator` series, `Jurassic Park`, and `Aliens`.
Before moving into make-up effects, Stan made a living as a stand-up comedian.
Stan is only the second special effects artist to have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Stars.
Stan studied painting and sculpture at the University of Virginia.
Stan: As an artist for arts sake, I have my own sculptures that I do for myself that I can spend as much time as I want on. Part of the creative challenge of this business, is to go, you know what, I've got this much money and this much time to do this job. I will do the best I can within those parameters. That's what being a professional is. That's not art for art's sake. This is the motion picture business. If you only do stuff that you have all the time and money to do, you would never work in this business.
Stan: (on Terminator T-X) Kristana Loken created the TX. I would like to think that the vision of what was under her skin helped her with it, but the fact of the matter is that Kristana Loken is the TX as Robert Patrick was the T-1000.
Stan: People who are afraid to go to horror movies are generally afraid their whole lives. People say to me, 'Do you have nightmares?' I never have nightmares! And I go to movies and see the most bizarre things in the world, and go... Wow that is really sick, how fun is that! And I don't have to carry it around. I think that's very healthy.
Stan: (about James Cameron) A director like James Cameron is cursed with a vision. He knows how to do it all. He's a phenomenal artist. He draws, he imagines, he writes the entire screenplay. He knows how everything is that he wants to have done.
Stan: You have to understand that rightly or wrongly, I consider myself an artist and I consider the work that we do art. In helping to tell stories by creating these characters. I came out as an actor. I am not a technician. I am a techno-ignorant, but I love creating characters and telling wonderful stories. Thinking of myself as an artist doesn't allow me to think of size having to do with importance.
Stan: I came out as an actor. I'm a painter and a sculpture and an artist. Everything about my being is creating characters that tell stories in films.
Stan: I don't do special effects. I do characters. I do creatures.
Stan: I do my art for art's sake on my own time. I spend as much time as I want on it because it's art for art's sake and it's not for a dollar. It's not with business parameters.