Oliver Smith

Production designer, Set designer, Ballet producer
Prolific and accomplished set designer of theater, dance, opera and film who contributed to our cultural atmosphere over four decades. Smith added color to the 50s in particular by designing some of the decade's most ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1918 in Waupaun, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Anna Lee: Dupe 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988 (Movie)

Browning (Actor)

Hellraiser 1987 (Movie)

Frank the Monster (Actor)

Porridge 1979 (Movie)

McMillan (Actor)

Riding High 1979 (Movie)

Burt Ganja (Actor)

The First Great Train Robbery 1979 (Movie)

Ratting Assistant (Actor)

Color Him Dead (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (7)

Plaza Suite 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Art Director

Giselle 1977 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Giselle 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Scenic Artist

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Oklahoma! 1955 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)
Director (1)

American Ballet Theatre 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director
Other (2)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

art consultant (Consultant)

The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Prolific and accomplished set designer of theater, dance, opera and film who contributed to our cultural atmosphere over four decades. Smith added color to the 50s in particular by designing some of the decade's most beloved artifacts of performance. He created the Broadway sets of "My Fair Lady", "Auntie Mame", "West Side Story", "Camelot" and "Hello, Dolly!", among many others. For the Metropolitan Opera, he designed "La Traviata" and, in the sphere of modern dance, he crafted the look and space of Agnes de Mille's "Fall River Legend" and Jerome Robbins' "Fancy Free". His film work included the primary-colored confection that was the set of Joseph Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), and even the provincial glories of the film musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). His final film set design was for "Giselle" (1968).

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1992

Named director emeritus of American Ballet Theater

1977

Last film credit, art consultant on "The Turning Point"

1955

Debut as film production designer "Guys and Dolls"

1944

Became co-director of American Ballet Theater

1941

Designed first Broadway set, "Rosalinda"

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