Art director helped design Disneyland, was Oscar nominee
Stan Jolley, one of the art directors who designed Disneyland and an Oscar nominee for his work as production designer on the 1985 film “Witness,” starring Harrison Ford, died June 4 of gastric cancer at a hospice in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 86.
Jolley racked up dozens of credits as an art director and production designer for film and TV beginning in the late 1950s. His film work include the original “Walking Tall” (later he worked on a series adaptation for television), horror films including “The Swarm,” comedy “Caddyshack,” early Tom Cruise effort “Taps,” Diane Keaton starrer “The Good Mother,” Ed O’Neill comedy “Dutch” and “The Grass Harp.” He was also one of the art directors on 1978’s “Superman.”
What was supposed to be a brief stint at Disney helping to design its new theme park turned to years of work first on Disneyland and then for the Disney studio.
Jolley earned his first smallscreen credits in 1958 as on art director on episodes of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” on ABC; the next year he worked on Disney effort “Donald in Mathmagic Land,” which was Oscar nominated in the documentary short subject category. It was also the first episode when NBC took over “Wonderful World of Color.” Also for Disney, he was co-art director on the 1960 feature “Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus.”
Other TV credits in the 1960s included series “Sea Hunt,” “Pete and Gladys,” “Mister Ed,” “Branded,” “Shane,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “Land of the Giants.” He was also art director for the pilot episode of “Get Smart.” Later, in the 1980s, he was production designer for “MacGyver” (he also directed an episode of the ABC series.)
Jolley was also an occasional producer on the projects he designed, earning associate producer credits on “The Good Guys and the Bad Guys” (1969), 1978 telepic “Happily Ever After” and the brief 1984 series “Jessie” and a producer credit on 1974’s “A Knife for the Ladies.”
Jolley was born in New York City. His father, character actor I. Stanford Jolley, move the family to Hollywood in the 1930s. Stan Jolley served in the Navy during WWII, then worked at Warner Bros. as an apprentice set designer while in college. He graduated from USC’s School of Architecture in 1951 with a degree in industrial design, and he was a set designer at 20th Century Fox when he was approached about coming to work for Disney.
Jolley is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters.