Art Directors Guild to Induct Three Production Designers Into Its Hall of Fame

Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva will be honored posthumously at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in February.

The Art Directors Guild will induct three production designers -- Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva -- into its Hall of Fame at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.

ADG Council chairman John Shaffner and awards producers Raf Lydon and Dave Blass made the announcement Wednesday about the awards, which are given only posthumously. The event has been scheduled for Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hilton (The Hollywood Reporter is among the media sponsors).

"Clatworthy, Goff and Riva join a distinguished group of ADG Hall of Famers, whose collective work parallels the best of motion picture and television production design," Shaffner said. "They are most worthy and welcomed additions."

Their bios, as released by the ADG:


Robert Clatworthy was an Oscar-winning American production designer who worked at Paramount starting in 1938 and at Universal until 1964. In the 1960s, Clatworthy became involved with some of Hollywood’s best directors, including Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kramer. He also had ties with the Disney organization with films such as Pollyanna (1960), The Parent Trap (1961) and the TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1963-74). He was the art director for Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, was nominated for his first Academy Award in 1961 for Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), and again in 1963 for That Touch of Mink (1962), starring Cary Grant and Doris Day. Clatworthy was Oscar nominated twice in one year for best art direction-set decoration, black-and-white, for Inside Daisy Clover (1965) and best art direction-set decoration, color, for Ship of Fools (1965), for which he took home the Oscar. His final nomination came in 1968 for Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

HARPER GOFF (1911-93)

Harper Goff was an American production designer, art illustrator, artist, musician, and actor. He became a set decorator for Warner Bros. for Academy Award-winning films such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Sergeant York (1941) and Casablanca (1942). During World War II, he was approached by the U.S. Army for advice on camouflage paint. He later worked for the U.S. Navy designing confusing ship silhouettes. Goff joined the artistic team at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, where he was the art director for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and is credited with designing the exterior of the Nautilus, along with every set/compartment within the submarine, as well as many of the inventive effects in Disney’s first live-action picture. The film went on to win Oscars for best art direction-set decoration, color, and best effects, special effects. Years later, Goff created the submarine Proteus for the Oscar-winning film Fantastic Voyage (1966) and art directed the highly acclaimed Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He was one of Walt’s first Imagineers and had a huge influence and contributed heavily to the concept art for what is now Disneyland, including Main Street U.S.A. and the Jungle Cruise, as well as working on EPCOT Center, the World Showcase and several other Walt Disney World theme parks around the world.

J. MICHAEL RIVA (1948-2012)

J. Michael Riva was an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning American production designer, writer, and grandson of German-American actress/singer Marlene Dietrich. After Riva worked as the production designer for Robert Redford’s Brubaker (1980), Redford subsequently hired Riva as the art director for the four-time Oscar-winning film, Ordinary People (1980). Riva went on to receive an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for The Color Purple (1985), an Emmy for art direction for the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007, as well as a previous Emmy nomination, and was twice nominated by the WGA for his writing for Lily in Winter in 1995 and 1996. Riva’s other production design credits include The Goonies (1985), the Lethal Weapon franchise (films 1, 2 and 4), A Few Good Men (1992), the Centennial Olympic Games: Torch Relay Opening Ceremonies TV special (1996), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), the Charlie’s Angels films, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Iron Man (2008), Seven Pounds (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010) and, posthumously released, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and Django Unchained (2012).

Previous ADG Hall of Fame inductees include Preston Ames, Robert F. Boyle, William S. Darling, Alfred Junge, Alexander Golitzen, Albert Heschong, Eugène Lourié, John Box, Hilyard Brown, Malcolm F. Brown, Wilfred Buckland, Henry Bumstead, Edward Carfagno, Carroll Clark, Richard Day, John DeCuir Sr., Hans Dreier, Bob Keene, Cedric Gibbons, Stephen Goosson, Anton Grot, Stephen Grimes, Ted Haworth, Dale Hennesy, Harry Horner, Richard MacDonald, Joseph McMillan “Mac” Johnson, Romain Johnston, Boris Leven, John Meehan, William Cameron Menzies, Harold Michelson, Van Nest Polglase, Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Jan Scott, Edward S. Stephenson, Alexandre Trauner, James Trittipo and Lyle Wheeler.