Victor A. Gangelin

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Victor A. Gangelin
Born(1899-03-04)March 4, 1899
DiedApril 2, 1967(1967-04-02) (aged 68)
OccupationSet decorator
Years active1936-1966

Victor A. Gangelin (March 4, 1899 – April 2, 1967) was an American feature film and television set decorator. He won an Oscar (shared with Boris Leven) for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color for West Side Story (1961). Gangelin was also nominated for another Oscar (with Mark-Lee Kirk) for Best Art Direction-Interior Direction, Black-and-White for Since You Went Away (1944).

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Victor Arthur Gengelin, a Russian immigrant, and Elizabeth (Goetz) Gangelin, a German immigrant. The younger Victor Gangelin's brother was screenwriter Paul Gangelin.

Victor Gangelin married former silent-screen actress and model Majel Coleman sometime prior to 1940. Coleman earned several screen credits in the 1920s, including feature films by famed director Cecil B. DeMille, most notably the epic The King of Kings (1927).

He served as a set director and assistant department head at Warner Brothers studio. Along with his Academy Award-nominated films, his 47 film and television credits include the John Wayne epics The Searchers (1956) and The Alamo (1960) as well as episodes of The Roy Rogers Show and My Mother the Car. His last credit was the 1966 film Duel at Diablo starring James Garner and Sidney Poitier.

Gangelin died at age 68 in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Gangelin won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and was nominated for another:



  1. ^ "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.

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