Production designer Richard MacDonald died of cancer May 29 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74.MacDonald, a native of England, trained as a painter in Bristol and later attended the Royal College of Arts in London before World War II service in the Royal Navy interrupted his studies. He taught as senior assistant lecturer at Leeds College of Art and then as head of the Painting School. In the mid-1950s, he joined the the London Press Exchange as art director of the TV department, then sequed into advertising. A chance meeting with American director Joseph Losey led him to do the drawings for Losey’s film “The Sleeping Tiger.” MacDonald in 1965 began to work full time on cinema design, serving as a production designer on Losey films “Boom!””Secret Ceremony” and “The Assassination of Trotsky.” For director John Schlesinger, MacDonald designed “Far From the Madding Crowd ,””The Day of the Locust” and “Marathon Man.” Additional production design credits included “Jesus Christ, Superstar,””F.I.S.T.” and “And Justice for All.” This year, MacDonald designed director Robert Ackerman’s “Scenes From an Execution” at the Mark Taper Forum. Survived by his wife, costume designer Ruth Myers, and a stepdaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute or the American Cancer Society.
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