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Chesley Bonestell (1888–1986)

Bonestell was trained as an architect. In the 1930s he worked on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, doing engineering drawings. He then moved to Hollywood where he became a matte artist, doing background and special effects paintings. Within a few years he was earning $1500 per month at this. In 1944 he did a series of astronomical paintings for ... See full bio »


(age 98) in Carmel, California, USA

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The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds Art Department
Men Into Space
Men Into Space Art Department
Destination Moon
Destination Moon Art Department
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Art Department


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 1959-1960 Men Into Space (TV Series) (creator - 37 episodes)
- Flight to the Red Planet (1960) ... (creator: space concepts)
- Mystery Satellite (1960) ... (creator: space concepts)
- The Sun Never Sets (1960) ... (creator: space concepts)
- Into the Sun (1960) ... (creator: space concepts)
- Flare Up (1960) ... (creator: space concepts)
 1955 Conquest of Space (astronomical art)
 1953 Cat-Women of the Moon (moonscape paintings - uncredited)
 1953 The War of the Worlds (astronomical art)
 1950 Destination Moon (technical advisor of astronomical art)
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons (background paintings - uncredited)
 1941 Citizen Kane (background painter - uncredited)
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson (background paintings - uncredited)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (background paintings - uncredited)
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings (background paintings - uncredited)
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Painted a 10 x 40 foot mural for the Boston Museum of Science, later moved to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. See more »

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