Production Designer Bruno Rubeo Dies at 65

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Oscar nominee worked on “Platoon,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Devil’s Advocate.”

Bruno Rubeo, an Oscar-nominated production designer and frequent collaborator of directors Taylor Hackford and Oliver Stone, died Nov. 3 in Trevi, Italy of complications from pneumonia. He was 65.

Rubeo’s wife is costume designer Mayes Rubeo (Apocalypto, Avatar, John Carter From Mars), and his son is veteran art director Marco Rubeo (The Truman Show, Tropic Thunder, Thor).

A native of Rome, Bruno Rubeo’s big break came in 1986 when Stone tapped him to design Salvador, and he and the director went on to collaborate on Platoon (1986), Talk Radio (1988) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).

Rubeo served as production designer on Bruce Beresford’s Driving Miss Daisy (1989), for which he received his Academy Award nomination.

Rubeo began working with Hackford in 1992 on the Chicano gang epic Blood In, Blood Out. This began Rubeo’s longest professional collaboration — he characterized his relationship with the director as “a marriage without sex” — with the duo working on Dolores Claiborne (1995), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Proof of Life (2000) and the long-delayed Love Ranch (2010).

Rubeo also designed such films as Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop (1990), Jon Amiel’s Sommersby (1993), Joel Schumacher’s The Client (1994), John McTiernan’s The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin (1999) and Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice (2004).

Rubeo served in the Italian navy before moving to Canada, where he worked as an art director on several TV and independent film projects. He was art director and production designer on Spring Fever, a 1982 film starring Susan Anton.