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Set Designer Roland Everett Hill Jr. Dies at 84

Roland H. Hill Obit - P 2013

He worked on "Die Hard" and many other films and TV shows during a career that lasted more than 45 years.

Veteran Hollywood set designer Roland Everett Hill Jr. died Nov. 26 from heart failure at his home in Burbank. He was 84.

Hill, whose father, architect Roland Everett Hill, designed the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, worked as an engineering illustrator and set designer at Disney, Universal, MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros. and elsewhere for more than 45 years.

He served as the set designer on such films as Garry Marshall's Nothing in Common (1986) and John McTiernan's Die Hard (1988), and on the TV shows JAG and Charmed.

Hill was born in Oxnard, Calif., on Aug. 5, 1929, and was a longtime Burbank resident. He loved magic and was a lifetime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Survivors include his second wife Penny, his son Steven and daughter-in-law Lisa, his brother Jack and sister-in-law Elke, and his nieces and nephews Mark, Dorian and Amanda.

A memorial viewing will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Funeral Home in North Hollywood, with services set for the following day.