Anthony Sabatino, 48, Emmy Award-winning art director, died April 10 of AIDS complications at his home in Los Angeles.
Born in Galveston and educated at the U. of Houston and Brandeis U., Sabatino’s career began in 1971 when he signed on as art director for Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train” and subsequently served as art director and producer for “The Soul Train Music Awards” for the next seven years.
Additionally, Sabatino worked on other award shows including “The Golden Globes” and “The People’s Choice Awards.”
During his 22-year career he piled up an impressive list of credits working on television specials for Bing Crosby, Liberace and George Burns and also game shows such as “Truth or Consequences.”
Film credits included “Richard Pryor’s Here and Now” and “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Nominated for an Emmy eight times, Sabatino garnered the award in 1988-89 for “Fun House.”
Survived by his parents, a sister and a niece. His companion was Leslie Miller.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn, Hollywood , Old North Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AIDS unit of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, attention: Steve Klapholtz; or to AIDS Project Los Angeles, Home Health-Care Dept.