‘Deadwood’ Art Director Was 91 – The Hollywood Reporter

James J. Murakami, art director, production designer and Emmy-winning set designer Deadwood And an Oscar nomination The changeling, one of a dozen films he worked on for director Clint Eastwood, died. He is 91 years old.

Murakami died Dec. 15 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a fall, said Ginger, his wife of 34 years. The Hollywood Reporter.

Murakami served as assistant art director to production designer Dean Tavoularis and director Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse now (1979), With one heart (1981) and Married Peggy Sue (1986).

He later partnered with production designer-art director Henry Bumstead at Eastwood-helm. No excuse (1992), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006).

After Bumstead’s death, Murakami assumed production designer duties at Eastwood. Gran Torino (2008), The changeling (2008), Invictus (2009), No more (2010), J. Edgar (2011), Trouble with the curve (2012), Jersey Boys (2014), American Sniper (2014) and Sully (2016)

Murakami also worked as art director for Barry Levinson Natural (1984); Alan J. Pakula as assistant art director A horseman comes (1978), for Ann Harold Ramis Groundhog Day (1993) and for Chris Columbus Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); and Wim Wenders as set designer Hammett (1982), for Warren Beatty Dick Tracy (1990), for Phil Alden Robinson Sneakers (1992) and for Garry Marshall The Princess Diaries (2001).

Murakami received a pair of Emmy nominations for his work on HBO DeadwoodWon in 2005.

Born in Sacramento on June 4, 1931, Murakami grew up in Campbell, California, before he and his family were interned in a war relocation camp at the beginning of World War II.

After the war, the Murakami moved to Venice, California, where he attended Venice High School and later studied at the Chouinard Art Institute. He spent the next three years working as a designer and consultant for an architect before working as a set designer at the ZIV television studio in 1958.

Including his impressive work Escape Artist (1982), War games (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), *Batteries not included (1987), Midnight Run (1988), rising sun (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), I love trouble (1994), Postman (1997) and Scorpion King (2002)

Murakami retired in 2016 after working SullyAnd two years later received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter Patricia and stepsons John and Sandy.

Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.

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