Hollywood production designer Boyle dead at 100

Tue Aug 3, 2010 1:03am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood production designer Robert Boyle, who worked on such films as "North by Northwest" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and received an honorary Oscar two years ago, died in Los Angeles, a spokeswoman said on Monday. He was 100.

Boyle died of natural causes on Sunday after two days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He remained active until his death, lecturing students at the American Film Institute.

During a career spanning more than 60 years, he collaborated with directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, Arthur Hiller and Don Siegel.

Hitchcock gave the Los Angeles native his big break in 1941, hiring him as art director for "Saboteur." As production designer, he reunited with Hitchcock on "North By Northwest," "The Birds" and "Marnie."

"North By Northwest" was the first of Boyle's four Oscar nominated works, followed by the Jewison-directed duo "Gaily, Gaily" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and Siegel's "The Shootist."

Boyle, who would have turned 101 on October 10, is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by John O'Callaghan)