Ross Gallichotte, Art Director and Set Designer, Dies at 63

He also was an architect who worked on Universal Studios theme parks in Japan, Florida, Malaysia and Universal City.

Ross Gallichotte, an art director, set designer and architect for Universal Studios theme parks, died April 7 of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, Calif., the Art Directors Guild announced Monday. He was 63.

Gallichotte was one of the five architects who designed the Universal theme park that opened in 2001 in Osaka, Japan. He also designed the popular New York street location at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando and was an architect and set designer at the studio’s parks in Malaysia and Universal City.

Gallichotte worked for Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Aaron Spelling Productions.

His credits as an art director include the TV series Hunter and Father Dowling Mysteries. As a set designer, he worked on such films as Red Dawn (1984), Fright Night (1985), Rocky IV (1985), Over the Top (1987) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) and on the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

Survivors include his parents Francis and John and siblings Craig, Marc, Derek, Paul and Carla. Details of a “celebration of life” event will be announced shortly, the guild said.

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