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Also Known As: Anthony Francis Furst Died: November 24, 1991
Born: May 6, 1944 Cause of Death: suicide; suffered multiple injuries after jumping from the eighth floor of a parking structure
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: production designer

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Gained initial attention for his work on "The Company of Wolves" (1985), Neil Jordan's revisionist version of "Little Red Riding Hood", before designing Stanley Kubrick's Viet Nam opus "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). Furst won an Oscar for creating the baroque, comic-book Gotham City and stylish Batmobile of "Batman" (1989), and in 1991 designed New York's celebrity-owned, movie-themed restaurant, Planet Hollywood. The film community was shocked by Furst's untimely death, apparently the result of a suicidal leap which abruptly ended a brilliant career.

Gained initial attention for his work on "The Company of Wolves" (1985), Neil Jordan's revisionist version of "Little Red Riding Hood", before designing Stanley Kubrick's Viet Nam opus "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). Furst won an Oscar for creating the baroque, comic-book Gotham City and stylish Batmobile of "Batman" (1989), and in 1991 designed New York's celebrity-owned, movie-themed restaurant, Planet Hollywood. The film community was shocked by Furst's untimely death, apparently the result of a suicidal leap which abruptly ended a brilliant career.

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1968:
Began career as an assistant to Oscar-winning designer Tony Masters on Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"
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Worked as a designer for the BBC and British commercial TV
:
Created "Light Fantastic" show at the Royal Academy, which combined the use of lasers, holography and special effects; show became the touring light show for the rock group The Who in the mid-1970s
1978:
Became creative director of the London-based special effects company Holoco which contributed effects to "Superman" (1978), "Alien", "Moonraker" (both 1979), "The Empire Strikes Back", "Flash Gordon" (both 1980) and "Outland" (1981)
1981:
First credit as production designer, "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman"
1984:
Returned to production design with "The Company of Wolves" (1985)
1988:
Moved to New York
1990:
Worked as production designer on first US assignment, "Awakenings"
1990:
Moved to Los Angeles; established the Furst Company at Columbia Pictures with partner Corinne Mann and art director Nigel Phelps
1991:
Designed $15 million Planet Hollywood restaurant (co-owned by Slyvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) in New York
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Education

Brighton College: -
Royal College of Art: - 1969

Notes

To the question: "How was the realism of "Awakenings" a different challenge from the freedom of "Batman"? Anton Furst's reply was: "I always think the same rules apply in the end, which is that you're servicing an atmosphere, a tone and a feel to a story, whatever the story is...In the end, you're dealing with the same criteria, you're only telling a very different story. So it's whatever is appropriate...But when you're making movies I always think the greatest mistake is to ever believe you're dealing with reality. So with "Awakenings" or any other film I've every done, even "Full Metal Jacket," we're not dealing with reality with film; we're dealing with the film's own reality." (Hollywood Reporter, January 28, 1991)

According to the Hollywood Reporter obituary, Furst had been undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug abuse at a Los Angeles rehabilition center.

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wife:
Jane Furst. Divorced.
wife:
Penny Fielding. Divorced.
companion:
Beverly D'Angelo. Actor.

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mother:
Pamela Furst.
daughter:
Vanessa King. Born c. 1965.
son:
Nicholas Sergei Furst. Born c. 1971.
sister:
Jane Wearne.
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