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Tom Woodruff, Jr. is an actor and special effects artist who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film since Aliens. He co-owns Amalgamated Dynamics alongside his longtime partner and friend Alec Gillis.

Alien franchise credits[]

Creature effects[]

The Dragon[]

Cloned Alien[]

Other credits[]

  • Amazing Stories (1986)
  • The Monster Squad (1987)
  • Alien Nation (1988)
  • Leviathan (1989)
  • Tremors (1990)
  • Death Becomes Her (1992)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Skyline (2010)
  • The Thing (2011)

Biographical information[]

Personal life[]

Woodruff was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Much of his early interest in movies and monsters was a result of late-night broadcasts of the now classic Universal monster movies and the motion-stop effects of Ray Harryhausen.



Woodruff with Julian Caldow.

In 1985, Woodruff was working for Stan Winston on Aliens.[3] Woodruff helped sculpt the Alien Warrior head at Stan Winston Studio and touched up paint on the head in the workshop at Pinewood Studios.[4] Shortly after the Warrior costumes were completed and before filming, Tom stayed late after-hours one night, got into costume, and Richard Landon took the first set of photos of a completed Alien, "without even the benefit of covering the suit in slime as intended for the film."[5] Woodruff and Landon found a snowy backdrop outside of their workshop and he "thought it'd make a nice Christmas Card someday". Tom was "more interested in seeing how different body posing could disguise the shape of a man inside the suit than the intended on-screen finished look."

After seeing some of the performances and physiques of some of the performers wearing the Alien suits in Aliens, Tom was motivated to have a talk with Stan Winston that led to playing Gill-man (from Creature from the Black Lagoon) in a cameo appearance in The Monster Squad, their next film.

In 1988, Woodruff, Jr. and co-worker Alec Gills left Winston and founded Amalgamated Dynamics. As Winston was unavailable to work on Alien3, he recommended Amalgamated Dynamics to the producers. There Woodruff, Jr. played a Xenomorph for the first time, as the Runner. He then played the lead Alien in Alien Resurrection, "Grid" in Alien vs. Predator, and the Predalien in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Woodruff was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects in Alien3 (An award he and Gillis later won for Death Becomes Her).