‘Deadwood’ art director is 91 years old – The Hollywood Reporter
James J. Murakami, admired art director, production designer, and set designer who won an Emmy for dead wood and an Oscar nomination for change, one of dozens of films he made for director Clint Eastwood, has died. He was 91.
Murakami died December 15 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications from a fall, his wife of 34 years, Ginger, said. Hollywood Reporter.
Murakami served as assistant art director to production designer Dean Tavoularis and director Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather Part II (1974), doomsday (1979), One From The Heart (1981) and Peggy Sue is married (1986).
He then teamed up with production designer and art director Henry Bumstead on a project directed by Eastwood. do not forgive (1992), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006).
After Bumstead’s death, Murakami took over the production design duties for Eastwood’s . Gran Turin (2008), change (2008), Invictus (2009), The following (2010), J.Egar (2011), Trouble with curves (2012), Jersey boy (2014), american sniper (2014) and sulked (2016).
Murakami also served as art director on Barry Levinson’s film. Nature (1984); as assistant art director for Alan J. Pakula on To a knight (1978), for Harold Ramis on Snake Day (1993) and for Chris Columbus on Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); and was the scene designer for Wim Wenders on Hammett (1982), for Warren Beatty on Dick Tracy (1990), for Phil Alden Robinson on sport shoes (1992) and for Garry Marshall on Princess Diary (2001).
Murakami has received two Emmy nominations for his work on HBO’s . dead woodwon in 2005.
Born in Sacramento on June 4, 1931, Murakami grew up in Campbell, California, before he and his family were incarcerated in a war displacement camp at the beginning of World War II.
After the war, the Murakamis family moved to Venice, California, where he attended Venice High School and later studied at the Chouinard Academy of the Arts. He spent the next three years working for an architect as a draftsman and consultant before taking a job as a scene designer at the television studio ZIV in 1958.
The impressive body of his work also includes Breaking the law is art (1982), War games (1983), Beverly Hills Police (1984), *battery not included (1987), Midnight trip (1988), Sunrise (1993), crimson tide (1995), i love trouble (1994), The postman (1997) and Scorpion King (2002).
Murakami retired in 2016 after working on sulkedand two years later received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Association.
In addition to his wife, the survivors include his daughter, Patricia, and stepchildren John and Sandee.
Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.