Mentor Huebner, motion picture designer, conceptual artist, impressionist painter, lecturer and writer, died Monday, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., following several vascular bypass surgeries to his right leg. He was 83.
Huebner’s 50-year career includes work on 250 feature films, 10 theme parks and 50 one-man shows. Film credits include many conceptual drawings for Alfred Hitchcock’s films, such as the famous scene of a crop duster bearing down on Cary Grant in “North by Northwest,” filmed as Huebner envisioned it.
Despite having lost his right eye to cancer at the age of 29, Huebner designed for such films as “Planet of the Apes,” “Ben Hur,” “The Longest Day,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Addams Family,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “On Golden Pond,” “Show Boat,” “So I Married an Ax Murderer” and “Total Recall.”
Early in the L.A. native’s career, he worked as an animator for Disney Studios, with credits including drawing the “Heigh-Ho” musical number from for film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Later he designed Robbie the Robot for “Forbidden Planet,” and worked on the all-star production of “The Longest Day.”
In addition to designing for motion pictures, Huebner taught for 25 years including special classes on the Warner Bros. lot for professional motion picture artists, Chouinard Art Institute, Kahn Art Institute, UCLA, the Community Art Village in San Diego and the Scottsdale Art Institute in Arizona.
Huebner is survived by his wife of 50 years, Louise Huebner; two sons; a daughter; and several grandchildren.
Services will be held 5 p.m. Thursdayat Church of the Little Flowers at Forest Lawn, Glendale, Calif.