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Overview (2)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (complications following leg surgery)

Mini Bio (1)

Mentor Huebner's wife, Louise, managed his business affairs, both in Fine Arts and Film Making, and wrote and negotiated most of his contracts. She is a writer and has authored 14 books. Louise is known world-wide as the Official Witch of Los Angeles County. In 1968, almost one year to the day, when Buzz Aldrin went to the Moon, she was invited by the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation to cast a spell at the Hollywood Bowl. The Spell she cast was to increase sexual vitality for the entire County of 78 cities. For her 'services' she was given a scroll which included the County Seal. It was awarded to her by the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, then Ernest Debs. It designated her as 'Official Witch'. Later when the County wished to rescind the title, Louise threatened to desex all the elected officials pointing out the legality of the document. She won. Photographs of Mentor and Louise and their children along with a copy of her scroll can be viewed in one of her books: Never Strike A Happy Medium. [louisehuebner@aol.com 20021003]

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Louise Huebner (6 April 1951 - 19 March 2001) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (31)

As a post-impressionist painter, in oils, his work was featured in over 50 one man solo art exhibits in National and International art exhibits.
In 1968 he was the only artist from the United States to be honored with being a representive of America with a special art exhibit in West Berlin.
In 1998, 125 of Mentor's Fine Arts Paintings and Film Production Drawigns were shown in a "Twin Exhibit" located in two historical buildings in Los Angeles.
In 1969, a One Man Exhibit of Mentor's Film Production Art and Fine Art was featured in the Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda.
As a motion picture conceptual artist and designer much of the history of Mentor's 250 feature films can be found on the Internet.
In 1991, "The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors and Production Designers", honored Mentor in a month long art exhibit of his work.
Mentor Huebner known as an expert and an Icon in two fields of artistic endeavor, Fine Arts and Films, was successful in each.
A couple of weeks after his death the California State Assembly awarded him a title, stating in a scroll, that he was the last real post-impressionist painter of the 20th Century. They acknowledged his talent and contribution to the world of art within his two fields of endeavor.
Mentor was married four times and settled down with his fourth wife Louise for fifty years.
He was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider when he was working on Spider Man and the effects of the poisoning ultimately led to a series of complications that though seemingly unrelated eventually contributed to his death.
With 4000 drawings he designed the Normandy Invasion for Zanuck.
With one eye he could not physically triangulate but did so intellectually, and despite the loss of one eye he never-the-less became a master at drawing depth perception.
He lost his right eye through cancer when he was 29 years old.
The Washington DC Smithsonian Museum and the New York City Museum of Modern Art featured his art work, for three years each, in National Touring Exhibits.
Mentor was a track star and held a record at Eagle Rock High School for 17 years.
He ran against Alan Ladd in a High School track meet and beat him.
Mentor boxed, and worked out weekly with professional boxers until he was in his mid-fifties.
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A next door neighbor's home was totally demolished in the bombings.
Daryll Zanuck's multiple Art Directors worked from these drawings.
He recreated the Invasion of Normandy for Zanuck wtih over 4000 drawings.
Mentor and his wife Louise were on location in Europe for two years.
Mentor was the only Production Illustrator on the film The Longest Day.
One night bombs exploded every fifteen minutes for several hours.
The couple originally went on location in Europe with their small son Mentor Jr.
Their return home had been delayed by the Cuban Missile Crises when President Kennedy put a hault to ocean travel between October 16 and 27, 1962.
Their stay in France coincided with the Algerian Revolution.
They returned to Los Angeles with two more children, Jessica and Gregory, the couple's twins born in Paris.
While Louise was pregnant the couple was knocked off their feet when t hey had been bombed in an open air.
Located in Paris during preliminary production, and during the filming of "The Longest Day", Mentor would spend his weekends and off hours with his easel, stretched canvas, brushes and oil paints in the local streets, painting city landscapes. Mistaken for a stocky Frenchman artist, he became a local fixture in the art colony. He purchased local 'stock stretched' canvases to paint his landscapes. Upon he and his wife's return to Hollywood, the painted canvas' paintings were removed from their stretcher frames, rolled, and packed for the return home trip. When Mentor had his canvas paintings re-stretched for framing, he discovered all the frames were in metric measurements, not measured in inches. All the framing had to be 'custom framed' for him to exhibit his two year painting catalog, for presentation in Beverly Hills and La Cienega Street art galleries.
Mentor Huebner taught weekly, night 'life drawing' classes, from the early 1960s through the late '60s, at the famous Chouinard Art School campus in mid town Los Angeles, while working as a free-lance film production illustrator and story board artist at the film studios. The "studio faculty" who were also teaching Chouinard film night-program classes included the following: Harold Michelson (plan/elevation projected set illustration, continuity storyboards), Jack Senter (film and TV set design), and Ted Hayworth (conceptual film illustration and storyboard sketching). Both Mentor Heubner and Ted Hayworth took a two year leave of absence while they worked on the film "The Longest Day".

Personal Quotes (5)

Motto: "I never remember a favor, I never forget a slight, the other person is always wrong and I am always right!"
I like production illustration because it presents me with challenging situations which require my particular ability to both draw and work out the mechanics of getting a good shot or pacing a difficult scene. Often, just the quality of my work is satisfying, particularly if I am able to create a cohesive overall atmosphere for a film. Sometimes, I'll see the movie in a theater just to find out if it works with the audience.
[few of his drawings are ever returned to Huebner, not even those done for films which were never made.] They're stolen, people take them for souvenirs. I try to get as many as I can myself, because they're valuable to me as a guide to what I've already done. The rest wind up on producers' walls, studio files and film archives.
As an artist, I appreciate audience reaction to my work, even if nobody knows that the scenes they're watching developed partially through my efforts. But the projects that are most frustrating will always be the ones that never quite got off the ground, like the handful I designed with George Pal, including Iceberg, which he was working on when he died.
In an illustrative sense, I am directing movies on paper. I've even toyed with the idea of becoming a Director, but I'm just not sure I could handle the actors well. I'm too used to nailing them down on my drawing hoard - I don't know if I'd like to start watching them move all by themselves.

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