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Pinball and Video Art Genius, Python Anghelo Passes Away Aged 61

 
Python Anghelo, Video Game and Pinball Artwork Designer
Python Anghelo, Video Game and Pinball Artwork Designer
Pinball legend Python Anghelo tragically lost his three year long battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 9, at the age of 61. Anghelo was born in Transylvania, Romania and later moved to the United States in his late teens.

Anghelo was the man behind the artwork for numerous video games and pinball machines for Wlliams Electronics, Midway Games, Capcom and Bay Tek after his stint as a Disney animator. The titles he contributed to include:

Pinball projects:

  • Comet (1985, artwork)
  • High Speed (1986, backglass artwork)
  • Grand Lizard (1986, design and artwork)
  • Pin*Bot (1986, concept, design, and artwork)
  • Big Guns (1987, design and artwork)
  • Cyclone (1988, artwork)
  • Taxi (1988, design and artwork)
  • Jokerz! (1988, design)
  • Police Force (1989, artwork)
  • Bad Cats (1989, artwork)
  • Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball (1991, concept and artwork)
  • The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot (1991, concept, design, and artwork)
  • Fish Tales (1992, concept)
  • Popeye Saves the Earth (1994, concept, design and artwork)
  • The Pinball Circus (1994, design)
  • Flipper Football (1996, design)[3]

Video game projects:

  • Joust
  • Bubbles
  • Sinistar (sound recordist)[4]
  • Star Rider (1983, concept, design, and artwork)


"Every so often the world produces a undisputed genius like Einstein. In pinball and video game art and design that was Python Anghelo," said arcade champ Lonnie McDonald, a friend of Anghelo. "The world is sadder without him but his legacy of Art and design will live on."

More of Anghelo's friends remembered the man as the news made it's way around the pinball world.

"Python often referred to himself as a 'Crazy Cat' because he felt that there were two types of people, Crazy Cats and Copy Cats," remembered PInball Inc's Al Warner. "The Crazy Cats are the ones that think outside the box and create the wonderful things in the world. Python was the craziest of them all and the world will never be the same."

Highway Games sens their deepest condolences to the friends and family Python Anghelo.

Image via Polygon.
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