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J. Michael Riva

J. Michael Riva

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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 28, 1948 Cause of Death: Stroke
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Production Designer ...
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Born in NYC
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Attended schools in Switzerland and France
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Enrolled at UCLA; dropped out to pursue career
1975:
First film credit, as art director on "Ilse, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks"
1977:
First film credit as production designer, "Bare Knuckles"
1980:
Served as art director on Robert Redford's "Ordinary People"
1981:
Was production designer on Oliver Stone's first feature "The Hand"
1981:
First TV-movie credit, as production designer on "Callie & Son" (CBS)
1985:
First screen collaboration with Richrd Donner, "The Goonies"
1985:
Worked with Steven Spielberg on "The Color Purple"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration
1986:
Made TV directorial debut with "Amazing Stories" episode "The Eternal Mind" (NBC)
1987:
Was production designer on Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon"
1989:
Reteamed with Donner for the sequel "Lethal Weapon 2"
1992:
Was production designer on Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"
1994:
Worked again with Reiner on "North"
1994:
TV-movie producing debut, "Lily in Winter" (USA Network); also received story credit; garnered Writers Guild of America nomination
1995:
Served as production designer on "Congo"
1998:
Worked on high profile features "Hard Rain", "Six Days, Seven Nights," and "Lethal Weapon IV" as production designer
2000:
Credited as visual consultant on "Romeo Must Die"
2000:
Served as production designer of "Charlie's Angels"
2002:
Was the production designer for the telecast of the Academy Awards
2003:
Re-teamed with director McG for the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2007:
Worked with Sam Raimi as production designer on "Spider-Man 3"
2008:
Was production designer on the blockbuster "Iron Man" (2008) and its 2010 sequel
2012:
Completed work on "The Amazing Spider-Man"; was in the middle of production for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" at time of death

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