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Charles Lisanby (1924–2013)

Charles Alvin Lisanby was born January 22, 1924 in Princeton, Kentucky. Primarily establishing himself in live television production in New York City as a Scenic Designer, a member of the New York Scenic and Designer's IATSE #829 Union. With television production moving West, Lisanby transferred to Hollywood in the early 60's, accepting projects ... See full bio »

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American Playhouse Art Director


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 1984 1st Annual MTV Video Music Awards (TV Special)
 1982 Report to Murphy (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Papillon (1982)
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Weekend (1982)
- Working (1982)
 1982 Night of 100 Stars (TV Special)
 1981 Diana (TV Special)
 1980 Baryshnikov on Broadway (TV Special documentary)
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
 1979 The Captain & Tennille Songbook (TV Special)
 1978 Dorothy Hamill Presents Winners (TV Special)
 1977 You're Gonna Love It Here (TV Movie)
 1977 World of Magic (TV Special)
 1977 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (TV Special)
 1977 Mason (TV Movie)
 1976 Doug Henning's World of Magic (TV Special)
 1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (TV Special)
 1976 Cos (TV Series)
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- The Statesman (1975)
- The Whirlwind (1974)
- The Ambassador (1974)
 1970-1971 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (24 episodes)
- Ironside Spoof (1971)
- Sheriff Hater (1971)
 1967-1970 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1964 L'enfance du Christ (TV Movie)
 1961-1962 The Garry Moore Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1958 Dotto (TV Series)
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Charles Lisanby's physical stature and daily fashion attire was never colorful. Charles habit was to wear black, from head to toe! At mid-age, Lisanby would dye his gray hair "black." Because of his city of New York existence, Lisanby always wore a long black overcoat, like a scenic designer "Columbo." After his move to the west coast, Lisanby maintained his same fashion attire. The NBC Burbank ... See more »

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