Norman Reynolds, the two-time Oscar winning production and art designer on various Star Wars

and Indiana Jones films who director Steven Spielberg once called the “creative core” of the franchises, has died

LucasFilm LTD has confirmed his death, first reported by the BBC, which said that Reynolds “died peacefully with his wife Ann and three daughters by his side.

Spielberg, who first collaborated with Reynolds on 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, said on a statement

Norman was always smiling with enthusiasm, and there was nothing he couldn’t make work. Joyful and friendly and a massive talent

Among Reynolds’ many contributions to the franchises was his sculpting of the iconic golden idol that Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones

attempts to steal during the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Reynolds based the idol on an Incan fertility sculpture he’d collected during overseas travels