- Dean Tavoularis
Dean Tavoularis Born May 18, 1932
Occupation production designer Years active 1967 - Present Spouse Aurore Clément (1986-present)
Dean Tavoularis (Greek: Ντιν Ταβουλάρης; born May 18, 1932) is an American motion picture production designer whose work appeared in numerous box office hits such as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Brink's Job, One from the Heart and Bonnie and Clyde.
Although born in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Greek immigrant parents, Tavoularis spent his entire childhood and teenage years in Los Angeles, in the shade of the Hollywood studios. He studied architecture and painting at different art schools and landed a job at the Disney Studios first as an 'in-betweener in the animation department, and later as a storyboard artist. In 1967, Arthur Penn called him to take charge of the artistic direction of Bonnie and Clyde. Three years later, Penn called him once again to invent the no-longer-existing Little Big Man. But it was a meeting with Francis Ford Coppola in 1972 on the set of The Godfather that set the creative tone of his career. The Godfather II and The Conversation, in 1974, consolidated their collaboration and laid the way for what was to be their joint creative challenge: Apocalypse Now, the Vietnamese odyssey for which Tavoularis created a nightmare jungle kingdom, inspired by Ankor Wat. It was also on set of Apocalypse Now where he met his future wife, French actress Aurore Clément. (Clément's role was eventually edited out of final cut of the film and only restored in the Apocalypse Now Redux version in 2001.
From 1967 until 2001, he worked on over thirty movies and landed five Academy Award nominations, one of which he won for The Godfather II. For the 1982 release One from the Heart he recreated both the Las Vegas 'strip' and McCarren International Airport on the sound stages of Zoetrope Studios. The list of directors with whom he has worked includes: Michelangelo Antonioni (Zabriskie Point, 1970), Wim Wenders (Hammett, 1982), Warren Beatty (Bulworth, 1998) and Roman Polanski (The Ninth Gate, 1999).
- Dean Tavoularis at the Internet Movie Database
- Dean Tavoularis Book
- Thessaloniki Film Festival Article on Greek News Online.com
Academy Award for Art Direction (1961–1980) 1961–1966
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1961 (bw): Harry Horner, Gene Callahan / (c): Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin • 1962 (bw): Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead, Oliver Emert /(c): John Box, John Stoll, Dario Simoni • 1963 (bw): Gene Callahan / (c): John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Hilyard M. Brown, Herman A. Blumenthal, Elven Webb, Maurice Pelling, Boris Juraga, Walter M. Scott, Paul S. Fox, Ray Moyer • 1964 (bw): Vassilis Photopoulos /(c): Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton, George Hopkins • 1965 (bw): Robert Clatworthy, Joseph Kish /(c): John Box, Terence Marsh, Dario Simoni • 1966 (bw): Richard Sylbert, George Hopkins / (c): Jack Martin Smith, Dale Hennesy, Walter M. Scott, Stuart A. Reiss
1967: John Truscott, Edward Carrere, John W. Brown • 1968: John Box, Terence Marsh, Vernon Dixon, Ken Muggleston • 1969: John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Herman A. Blumenthal, Walter M. Scott, George Hopkins, Raphael Bretton • 1970: Urie McCleary, Gil Parrondo, Antonio Mateos, Pierre-Louis Thévenet • 1971: John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo, Vernon Dixon • 1972: Rolf Zehetbauer, Jurgen Kiebach, Herbert Strabel • 1973: Henry Bumstead, James W. Payne • 1974: Dean Tavoularis, Angelo P. Graham, George R. Nelson • 1975: Ken Adam, Roy Walker, Vernon Dixon • 1976: George Jenkins, George Gaines • 1977: John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian • 1978: Paul Sylbert, Edwin O'Donovan, George Gaines • 1979: Philip Rosenberg, Tony Walton, Edward Stewart, Gary J. Brink • 1980: Pierre Guffroy, Jack Stephens
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