Production designer and former chairman of the Film and Television Action Committee Brent Swift died April 18 in North Hollywood, after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was 60.
Born in San Mateo, Calif., he attended the University of Washington. He got his start in the business on “Cinderella Liberty” in 1973 and went on to work on films and TV shows including “Soldier of Fortune,” “Alien Nation,” “Weird Science,” and “Bonanza: The Next Generation.” He was nominated for a Cable Ace award for the HBO special “Billy Crystal’s Midnight Train to Moscow.”
He served as treasurer of the Art Directors Guild in the late 1990s, during which time he was active in Guild politics.
In 2000, he was elected chairman of the FTAC, formed in April 1999 to raise awareness of runaway production.
Swift campagined to raise funds and political support to fight runaway production and served as spokesman for the org, appearing on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and many radio and TV news shows. After stepping down as chair, he continued serving on the board of directors and became chairman emeritus.
Brent is survived by his wife and children.
Donations may be made to the Film and Television Action Committee.