Earned pair of Oscar noms for his production designs

Also storyboarded major movies

Harold Michelson, a veteran motion picture production designer and two-time Academy Award nominee, has died after a long illness. He was 87.

Michelson, who died March 2, received Oscar nominations for "Terms of Endearment" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." In 1999, he received the Art Directors Guild's lifetime achievement award.

His credits as an art director and/or production designer include "Dick Tracy," "Spaceballs," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "Mommie Dearest," "Catch-22," "History of the World, Part I," "Johnny Got His Gun," "The Outside Man," "Hair," "Mame," "Pretty Poison," "Can't Stop the Music," "The Thousand Plane Raid" and "Two People."

Michelson also illustrated storyboards for such films as "The Ten Commandments," "Cleopatra," "Ben-Hur," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "The Graduate," "Irma La Douce," "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "A Star Is Born," "From Here to Eternity," "Ship of Fools" and "The Turning Point."

Michelson's first studio job was as an apprentice illustrator at Columbia Pictures, which segued to his being traded to Paramount Pictures to do illustrations and storyboards for "Ten Commandments." He moved up the ranks at Paramount to senior illustrator. He then moved on to MGM to work on "Ben-Hur" and then to Universal to illustrate for "Spartacus."

Michelson's career in art direction began with NBC's "Matinee Theater" and went on to include CBS' "The Gomer Pyle Show" and "The Andy Griffith Show."
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