Production designer Michael White, who created the look for Disney’s upcoming “Inspector Gadget,” was found dead Jan. 19 at his West Los Angeles home. He was 36.
White designed the backdrops for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay on their films “Armageddon” and “The Rock,” and also created the look for Bruckheimer’s “Crimson Tide.” His work can also be seen in “Kalifornia,” “Alien 3” and “The Jackal.”
Born in Abingdon, England, White grew up in La Jolla, Calif. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting and printmaking from San Diego State U. and his master of fine arts in photography from the U. of New Mexico.
White served as production designer on dozens of commercials for such clients as IBM, Nike, Reebok, Budweiser, Chanel and AT&T as well as the popular “Got Milk” spots. He also worked on a wide variety of musicvideos for recording artists including Prince, Meatloaf, Michael Bolton, Steve Winwood and Tom Petty.
White is survived by his mother, Gillian Ackland; father, Roger; stepmother, Julia Roth; brother, Matthew; and sister, Sherry.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either: Impact Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center, P.O. Box 93607, Pasadena, CA 91109; or Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA 91103, Attn: Michael Sanders.