Hal Gausman

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Hal Gausman
Gausman's set direction from Mary Poppins
Born(1917-11-13)November 13, 1917
DiedJune 10, 2003(2003-06-10) (aged 85)
OccupationSet decorator
Years active1952–1989

Hal Gausman (November 13, 1917 – June 10, 2003) was an American set decorator. He was nominated for five Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction.[1][2]


Gausman was born in Los Angeles, California in 1917 to Harvey Elwood Gausman (1886-1944) and his wife, Maude F. Coffy. He was the younger brother to Harvey Elwood Gausman, Jr. (1913-1981). He married in 1947, and moved to Oxnard, in Ventura County, California.

He was hired by Walt Disney in 1961, to be the set decorator for The Absent-Minded Professor. Having done set decorations for films since 1952, Gausman took the offer, and since then has done set decorations for films including Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Escape to Witch Mountain, Back to the Future and Jaws: The Revenge.


Gausman retired from set decorations in 1989, and died at home on June 10, 2003.[3] He was 85 years old.

Selected filmography[edit]

Gausman was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Art Direction:

Additional film credits include:


  1. ^ "IMDb.com: Hal Gausman — Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
  2. ^ "Set decorator tries to make it 'real'". The Free-Lance Star. April 21, 1979. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam". International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved July 31, 2011.

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