Louis Lichtenfield

Matte artist, Oscar-nommed photographic f/x producer

Louis Lichtenfield, studio exec, motion picture matte artist and Oscar-nommed photographic f/x producer, died of cancer Sept. 12 at his Los Angeles home. He was 84.

Lichtenfield was as an aerial photographer in the Air Force before beginning a career in showbiz. He worked as a matte artist on pics including “King Kong” and “Flash Gordon” and later served as head of the photographic f/x department at Warner Bros. He earned an Academy Award nom for visual effects for his work on 1957’s “The Spirit of St. Louis.”

Lichtenfield served as exec veepee and CEO of Universal Studios’ commercial industrial film division during the 1970s and later worked as a consultant to movie studios and as a production manager at Epcot Center in Florida.

He is survived by his daughter and granddaughter.

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