George Davis (art director)

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George W Davis
Born(1914-04-17)April 17, 1914
Kokomo, Indiana, United States
DiedMarch 10, 1998(1998-03-10) (aged 83)
Other namesGeorge W.Davis
OccupationArt director
Employer20th Century Fox (1947-1959)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1960-1969)
Known forCelebrated work as an art director

George Davis (April 17, 1914 – October 3, 1998) was a celebrated art director.


Davis began his career as a sketch artist at Warner Brothers Studio. He joined the U.S. Marines during World War II and was discharged as a colonel. He then began work at 20th Century Fox, his first film was Joseph L. Mankiewicz's fantasy The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in 1947, a director for whom he frequently worked, notably on House of Strangers (1949), All About Eve, No Way Out (both 1950) 5 Fingers (1952) and more than 50 other films including Funny Face (1957) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

He was also heavily involved in some of the big religious productions of the mid-50s, such as Demetrius and the Gladiators and The Egyptian (both 1954). He also worked extensively in TV on such shows as The Twilight Zone and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

Davis was also the initial project manager of Disneyland Tokyo, designed the General Motors exhibit at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair and the primary designer of Park City, UT. He was married to Barbara Louise Davis (née Davies) who died in 1990 at the age of 73. They had 2 children (Karen Louise Hoy, born 1940 and George Christopher Davis, born 1943). He lived in the same home in Santa Monica, California, from 1948 to his death in 1998.


Davis won Oscars for his work on The Robe (1953) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). He was nominated an additional 17 times.

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