Oscar-Winning ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ Production Designer Norman Reynolds Passes Away at 89

Norman Reynolds, who won Oscars for his production design on the original “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” films, has passed away at 89 years old.

Reynolds’ family stated he “died peacefully with his wife Ann and three daughters by his side.”

“Norman was a cherished husband, father, father-in-law, granddad and great grandad,” the family statement said. “You would not know that behind his unassuming, funny and affable exterior lay an enormously talented production designer who brought so many of the films we all love to life through his iconic set designs. He was amazed at the fanbase his work created and how much his work meant to them. But above all, he loved and delighted in his large and growing family.”

Reynolds worked as art director for 1977’s “Star Wars,” later known as “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” He was awarded the Oscar for Best Production Design, along with John Barry, Leslie Dilley, and Roger Christian. He then took over as production designer from Barry for “Return of the Jedi” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”

His second Oscar was for his work as the production designer of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” later known as “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He shared this award with Leslie Dilley and Michael D. Ford. The team also won the BAFTA Award for the production design of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Reynolds also served as art director for the 1978 “Superman” and its 1980 sequel. He served as production designer for “Return to Oz,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “Alien 3,” Mission: Impossible,” “Bicentennial Man,” and much more.

Though he only won the two Oscars, he was also nominated for the original two “Star Wars” sequels, “The Incredible Sarah,” and “Empire of the Sun.” He was also nominated for the BAFTA for the latter.

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