Emilio Ruiz del Rio, Spanish set decorator and visual and special effects wizard who worked on such films as “Dr. Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Dune” during a career that spanned 60 years, died Sept. 14 of respiratory failure in Madrid. He was 84.
Ruiz del Rio worked on more than 450 movies in Europe and the United States, teaming up with such directors as Orson Welles (“Mr. Arkadin,” 1955), Stanley Kubrick (“Spartacus,” 1960) and George Cukor (“Travels with My Aunt,” 1970).
He won three Goya awards, the Spanish version of the Oscars, most recently for “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
He remained active up until the end, working on the film “Luz de Domingo” (Sunday Light) by Spanish director Jose Luis Garci — one of three films shortlisted last week by the Spanish film academy for foreign film Oscar submission.