James Antinori, weekly Variety‘s art director from post-WWII through the mid 1980s but who worked all told at the paper for 50 years, died in his sleep from heart failure in Columbus, Ga., on Friday July 4. He was 87.
Antinori started as an office boy at Variety in 1934 and eventually became a reporter, mainly covering the Gotham court scene.
During WWII, he served in the Navy with the armed guard crews aboard merchant marine ships. He served in both the European theater of operations and the Asiatic Pacific.
After the war, he returned to Variety and eventually became its art director, developing ads for such people as David Frost and Jackie Gleason as well as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and many other showbiz greats. He retired in the mid-80s.
He is survived by wife Opal Jean Antinori, a son and a sister.