A. Arnold Gillespie

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A. Arnold Gillespie
Born (1899-10-14)October 14, 1899
El Paso, Texas
Died May 3, 1978(1978-05-03) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Special effects artist
Years active 1926–1965
Spouse(s) Nell Hill (1944 - ?)
Dora Ingram (? – 1973)

Albert Arnold Gillespie (October 14, 1899 – May 3, 1978) was an American cinema special effects artist.[1]

Early years[edit]

Gillespie joined MGM as a set designer in 1925, a year after it was founded. He was educated at Columbia University and the Arts Students League. His first project was the silent film Ben-Hur, released that same year. He worked at the studio in various capacities until 1962. In 1936, he became the head of MGM's Special Effects Department.[2] Gillispie's nickname was "Buddy."

Oscar nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Gillespie married Nell Hill in 1944. She died in 2000. They had one child, Thomas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A. Arnold Gillespie". International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers. Retrieved 2010-10-28. "Special Effects Technician and Art Director. Nationality: American. Born: A. Arnold Gillespie in El Paso, Texas, 14 October 1899. Education: Attended Columbia University, New York; Art Students League, New York. Career: 1922–24—assistant art director at Paramount; 1924–36—art director, MGM; 1936–65—head of MGM's special effects department, working on some 600 films. Awards: Academy Award for Thirty Seconds over Tokyo , 1944; Green Dolphin Street , 1947; Plymouth Adventure , 1952; Ben-Hur 1959; Technical Award, 1963. Died: 3 May 1978." 
  2. ^ "A. Arnold Gillespie". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-28. "Known as "Buddy" to friends and colleagues, A. Arnold Gillespie was educated at Columbia University and the Arts Students League. Entering films in 1922, Gillespie was an art director at MGM from 1924 to 1936. Thereafter, and until his retirement in the 1960s, he was in charge of the studio's special effects department. A. Arnold Gillespie received Academy Awards for his supervision of the matte, miniature, and back projection work on 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1943), Green Dolphin Street (1947), Plymouth Adventure (1952) and Ben-Hur (1959) – and though he didn't win an award for Forbidden Planet (1956) the film was one of his best." 
  3. ^ "The 12th Academy Awards (1940) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  6. ^ "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  7. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  8. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 

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