John De Cuir

Production designer
After studying at the Chouinard Art School, John De Cuir joined Universal in the late 1930s and by the middle of the 40s, he was designing sets. In 1949, he signed with 20th Century Fox where he worked on productions ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1918 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Art Department (41)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Other Side of Midnight 1977 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

That's Entertainment Part 2 1976 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Great White Hope 1970 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Doctor Faustus 1968 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

associate production designer (Production Designer)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Circus World 1964 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Seven Thieves 1959 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

A Certain Smile 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Big Fisherman 1958 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Daddy Long Legs 1955 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

How to Be Very, Very Popular 1955 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

There's No Business Like Show Business 1954 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Call Me Madam 1953 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The House on Telegraph Hill 1951 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Half Angel (Movie)

(Art Director)

Mexican Hayride (Movie)

(Art Director)

My Cousin Rachel (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Life of Riley (Movie)

(Art Director)

White Tie and Tails (Movie)

(Art Director)

Yes Sir, That's My Baby (Movie)

(Art Director)

Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (TV Show)

Production Designer
Other (1)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

production illustrator (Production)

Biography

After studying at the Chouinard Art School, John De Cuir joined Universal in the late 1930s and by the middle of the 40s, he was designing sets. In 1949, he signed with 20th Century Fox where he worked on productions noted for their elaborate sets. At home with dramatic material (e.g., "The House on Telegraph Hill" 1951) and musicals ("There's No Business Like Show Business" 1954), De Cuir earned a total of 11 Oscar nominations, winning three: for his Siamese palace in "The King and I" (1956); the sumptuous Egypt of "Cleopatra" (1963); and a recreation of turn-of-the-century Yonkers, NY, in "Hello, Dolly!" (1969). His son, John De Cuir Jr is also a production designer.

Relationships

John Francis De Cuir Jr

Son
born August 4, 1941 in Burbank, California

Deborah Cuir

Daughter
born in September 1957

Gabrielle Cuir

Daughter
born in May 1954

EDUCATION

Chouinard Art Institute

Pasadena , California
school name later changed to California Institute for the Arts

Milestones

1986

Last film credit to date, "Legal Eagles"

1978

First foray into TV, "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women"

1965

Served as production designer on Carol Reed's "The Agony and the Ecstasy"

1949

Joined Twentieth Century Fox

1947

Feature debut as art director, "Brute Force"

1938

Joined Universal

SIMILAR ARTICLES