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A.Arnold Gillespie | Arnold Gillespie | Buddy Gillespie
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[on his uncredited film work after retiring in 1965]: They did "Earthquake" at Universal, and they wanted me as consultant, and I said, "For a free lunch, I'll tell you everything I know about earthquakes." After five free lunches, I got a little embarrassed about it and bought everybody else a free lunch.
Educated at Columbia University and the Art Students League in New York. Worked as assistant art director at Paramount, 1922-24; art director at MGM, 1924-36. Head of MGM special effects department, 1936-65. Often collaborated closely with noted art director Cedric Gibbons, beginning with 'Ben-Hur' in 1924.