Fred R. Price, Former Warner Bros. Executive, Set Decorator for ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ Dies at 88

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Fred R. Price, a former studio executive at Warner Bros. who oversaw set construction, died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on June 25 following a brief illness. He was 88.

Price had many credits in set decoration for both movies and television, including for the classic Paul Newman film “Cool Hand Luke.” In the feature film division, he oversaw set construction and budgeting for it.

He was also an art director on a number of TV movies as well as the feature “Porky’s II: The Next Day.”

Price also worked at Disney as a draper, and was involved in both the construction and maintenance of Disneyland.

He was a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy. He was also a longtime member of IATSE Local 44.

Price is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sonia; daughter Jacqueline S. Price and son Martin C. Price, who are both members of IA Local 44; and their children and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are still being finalized, but Price will be buried at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, Calif. on Sunday, June 28.


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