Walter Blake, dead at 94

Former art director, associate producer

Walter Blake, a former film studio art director who later served as an associate producer, died Jan. 1 of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 94.

Blake, a New York City native, began his career as a commercial artist and eventually worked for Warner Bros. as an art director for advertising and publicity.

During his career Blake worked on productions for many of the major studios including Paramount, 20th Century Fox, United Artists and MGM.

In 1950, while Blake was working as an art director for CBS, he formed a friendship and business association with Robert Aldrich, which eventually led to the formation of the Aldrich Co.

Film credits include “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Dirty Dozen” and “Tough Guys.”

TV credits include “Hollywood Off Beat,” “You Are There,” “The Doctor” and “Richard Diamond.”

He is survived by his daughter, Harriet Blake.

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