A. Arnold Gillespie
|A. Arnold Gillespie|
October 14, 1899|
El Paso, Texas
|Died||May 3, 1978
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Special effects artist|
|Spouse(s)||Nell Hill (1944 - ?)
Dora Ingram (? – 1973)
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. Gillispie's nickname was "Buddy."
- Special Effects 1939: The Wizard of Oz – Photographic
- Special Effects 1940: Boom Town – Photographic
- Special Effects 1941: Flight Command – Photographic
- Special Effects 1942: Mrs. Miniver – Photographic (with Warren Newcombe)
- Special Effects 1943: Stand By For Action – Photographic (with Donald Jahraus)
- Special Effects 1944: (WINNER) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – Photographic (with Donald Jahraus & Warren Newcombe)
- Special Effects 1945: They Were Expendable – Photographic (with Donald Jahraus &. R. A. MacDonald)
- Special Effects 1947: (WINNER) Green Dolphin Street – Visual (with Warren Newcombe)
- Special Effects 1956: Forbidden Planet
- Special Effects 1958: Torpedo Run – Special Effects (Visual)
- Special Effects 1959: (WINNER) Ben-Hur – Special Effects (Visual) (with Robert A. MacDonald)
- Special Effects 1962: Mutiny On The Bounty – Special Effects (Visual)
- Scientific or Technical (Class III) 1963: For the engineering of an improved Background Process Projection System. With Douglas Shearer
Gillespie married Nell Hill in 1944. She died in 2000. They had one child, Thomas.
- "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."
- "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."
- "The 12th Academy Awards (1940) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
- "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "The 15th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- A. Arnold Gillespie at the Internet Movie Database
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