Lloyd William Fonvielle Jr., whose work encompassed essays, short stories and Hollywood screenplays, died Feb. 19 in Las Vegas. He was 64.
The cause of death was hypertension and COPD, according to the Las Vegas coroner’s office.
Fonvielle’s screenplay credits include two films directed by Franc Roddam, “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Bride,” with Sting and Jennifer Beals; as well as “Gotham,” which he also directed. In 1996 he wrote “Little Surprises,” a 36-minute comedy directed by Jeff Goldblum that was Oscar-nominated for live-action short. He was accorded story credit on 1999’s “The Mummy,” and on Prince’s “Cherry 2000,” which he also executive produced.
Born in Wilmington, N.C., Fonvielle grew up in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., attended prep school in Concord, New Hampshire, and spent a year at Stanford before he dropped out to pursue writing. He lived in New York City and Southern California for 30 years, and was a working writer in Hollywood for more than 20 years, before his in 2004 move to Las Vegas, where he reinvented himself as a blogger and author of Western fiction.
His writings on photography include the introduction to a book on Walker Evans, and the preface to “Election Eve,” a book of photographs by William Eggleston. His essays on ballet and other subjects have appeared in the New York Times, Salon and Slate.
Fonvielle is survived by his mother, four sisters and numerous nephews and nieces.