Harper Goff, production designer and artist, died of undisclosed causes March 3 at his home in Palm Springs. He was 81.
Born in Colorado and raised in California, Goff attended art classes in L.A. and subsequently did work for Colliers, Esquire, National Geographic and Coronet.
As a production designer, he worked under art director Anton Grot at Warner Bros. and designed settings for “Objective Burma,””Captain Blood,””Casablanca, “”Emile Zola,””Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Sergeant York.”
Later, a chance meeting with Walt Disney in London led to Goff’s involvement with “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and his design of the submarine Nautilus. Additional assignments for Disney included conceptual ideas for Main Street USA and the Jungle River Cruise for Disneyland.
Goff eventually went to work for Jack Webb, serving as art director and sometimes acting in bit parts for “Dragnet” and “Pete Kelly’s Blues.”
His final film credits were “Fantastic Voyage” and “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
Goff is survived by his wife, Flossie.
Funeral services were held in Palm Springs.
Burial was in Colorado Springs.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his memory to the Herbert Ryman Living Masters Program, c/o Ryman-Carroll Foundation, 13551 Chandler Blvd. , Van Nuys 91401 or the Braille Institute, 741 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, 90029.