Tony Walton

Production designer, Costume designer, Director
This noted British designer began his career at age 22 with the 1957 Broadway production of Noel Coward's "Conversation Piece". Walton alternated between designing for the London and New York stage throughout the late ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1934 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Art Department (22)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Set Designer

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Divine Garbo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Set Designer

Linda Ronstadt's Canciones de Mi Padre 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Set Designer

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The House of Blue Leaves 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Set Designer

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Goodbye People 1984 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

The Boy Friend 1971 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Production Designer

Our Town (TV Show)

Set Designer

Pippin (Movie)

(Set Designer)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (13)

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Goodbye People 1984 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)
Actor (4)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Bob Fosse: Steam Heat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Photography
Other (3)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

fantasy design (Other)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

Biography

This noted British designer began his career at age 22 with the 1957 Broadway production of Noel Coward's "Conversation Piece". Walton alternated between designing for the London and New York stage throughout the late 1950s and early 60s. He entered films as costume designer and visual consultant on Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964) which starred his then-wife Julie Andrews. His eye-popping, late Edwardian costumes for this landmark film that included a mix of animation and live-action earned him the first of five Oscar nominations. He went on to create the futuristic world of "Fahrenheit 451" (1966) and the Roaring Twenties look of Ken Russell's backstage musical version of "The Boy Friend" (1971). "The Sea Gull" (1968), with its 19th Century Russian settings, marked the first of seven screen collaborations with Sidney Lumet. Walton went on to earn Oscar nominations for his elegant costumes for the director's "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) and for both sets and costumes for Lumet's misguided "The Wiz" (1978). Walton finally shared a statuette (with Philip Rosenberg) for Bob Fosse's superb "All That Jazz" (1979), which required the creation of not only contemporary Manhattan settings, but also elaborate fantasy and flashback sequences, most notably a hospital setting.

Relationships

Hilda Betty Walton

Mother

Bridget LeRoy

Step-Daughter

Lancelot Henry Frederick Walton

Father

Julie Andrews

Wife
married May 10, 1959 divorced in 1968

Julie Andrews Actor

Wife
Married May 10, 1959 Walton helped create the designs for "Mary Poppins" (1964) Divorced Nov. 14, 1967

Genevieve LeRoy

Wife
married on September 12, 1991

Emma Walton

Daughter
runs Bay Street Theater Festival in Sag Harbor, New York with Sybil Christopher mother, Julie Andrews

EDUCATION

Slade School of Fine Arts

1954 - 1955

Oxford School of Technology, Art and Commerce

1949 - 1952

Radley College

Abingdon , Oxfordshire 1948 - 1952

Milestones

1996

Stage directing debut, "Song at Twilight" at Bay Street Theater

1996

Directed the Off-Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" co-starring Eric Stoltz and Nancy Marchand; also designed the sets and costumes

1992

Earned third Tony for designing the acclaimed revival of "Guys and Dolls"

1991

Served as production designer on Nichols' "Regarding Henry"; last screen credit as of 1997

1986

Won second Tony Award for his scenic design for the revival of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"

1986

First screen collaboration with Mike Nichols, "Heartburn"

1983

Created the designs for Fosse's last film "Star 80"

1982

Last screen collaboration with Lumet, "Deathtrap"

1979

Won Oscar for his production design for Fosse's "All That Jazz"

1978

Received two Oscar nominations for his costumes and sets for Lumet's "The Wiz"

1976

US TV debut as designer, "Free to Be . . . You and Me" (NBC)

1974

Won Oscar nomination for his costumes for Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express"

1972

Won first Tony for scenic design for the Bob Fosse-directed musical "Pippin"

1968

First screen collaboration with Sidney Lumet, "The Seagull"

1966

Received first Tony Award nomination for designs for the musical "The Apple Tree"; first stage collaboration with Mike Nichols

1965

First feature credit as production designer "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1964

First film as costume designer and consultant "Mary Poppins"; earned first Oscar nomination

1963

Debut as opera designer, the Sadler's Wells Opera Company production of "The Love of Three Oranges"

1962

Designed the sets and costumes for the original stage production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1959

TV debut as designer, "The Julie Andrews Show" (BBC)

1959

Debut as stage producer, the British production of "The Ginger Man"; also designed sets and costumes

1958

London stage debut as designer "Valmouth"

1957

First Broadway production as designer, Noel Coward's "Conversation Piece"

1955

Worked as a designer at Peter Haddon's Company in Wimbledon, England

Bonus Trivia

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Walton has contributed illustrations to various publications including Playbill, Theatre Arts, and Vogue.

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1991

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