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Richard Sylbert (1928–2002)

Richard Sylbert was born on April 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a production designer and art director, known for Chinatown (1974), The Graduate (1967) and Carlito's Way (1993). He was married to Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Susanna Moore and Carol Godshalk. He died on March 23, 2002 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Chinatown Production Designer
The Graduate
The Graduate Production Designer
Carlito's Way
Carlito's Way Production Designer
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby Production Designer


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 2002/I Trapped
 1997 Red Corner
 1993 Carlito's Way
 1992 Ruby Cairo
 1991 Mobsters
 1990 Dick Tracy
 1988 Shoot to Kill
 1987 Heartbeat (Video)
 1983 Breathless
 1982 Frances
 1982 Cheers (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1982 Partners
 1981 Reds
 1979 Players
 1976 Partners
 1975 The Fortune
 1975 Last Hours Before Morning (TV Movie)
 1975 Shampoo
 1974 Chinatown
 1972 Fat City
 1970 Catch-22
 1967 The Graduate
 1966 Grand Prix
 1964 Lilith
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series) (1 episode)
- It's War, Man (1964)
 1954 King Richard II (TV Movie)
 1953 Hamlet (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

The Egghead (1957). Drama. Written by Molly Day Thatcher. Scenic Design by Richard Sylbert [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Hume Cronyn. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 9 Oct 1957- 26 Oct 1957 (21 performances). Cast: Karl Malden (as "Hank Parson"), Eduard Franz (as "Gottfried Roth"), Phyllis Love (as "Sally Parson"), Biff ... See more »

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Dick Sylbert

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[on "Reds"]: Jack Reed and Louise Bryant are innocents abroad; that's always been my image of them. This poor sweet American couple in this mess. He was the bumpkin, this big, energetic kid. The fool. And Warren Beatty is the one actor I know who's never afraid to play a fool. And after the revolution, Russia was a pigsty. Rotten, rotten. They were eating horses.


Elia Kazan (Sept 7, 1909-Sept 2, 2003, age 94), producer and director, hired identical twin brothers, born April 16, 1928, Richard "Dick" (deceased March 23, 2002, age 74) and twin brother Paul Sylbert as his "Baby Doll" art department set designers, both twin brothers sharing the art director credit. The Sylbert twins had primarily been working in New York City's live television production as ... See more »

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