Veteran production designer J. Michael Riva dies

Veteran production designer J. Michael Riva dies

A representative for Riva tells movie industry website Variety.com he passed away in hospital but further details surrounding the death are unknown.

The designer was well respected in Hollywood and came from a family of movie professionals including his actress and singer grandmother Marlene Dietrich, film editor grandfather Rudolf Sieber, Broadway set designer father William Riva and his actress and author mother Maria Riva, who appeared in The Scarlet Empress with Dietrich.

Riva worked on more than 40 films including Lethal Weapon, The Goonies, and two Iron Man movies. In 1986, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for his work on The Color Purple.

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