1961

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Cleopatra (1963)

Assistant Art Director

During the production of Cleopatra, DeCuir Jr. was tasked with building an archway that Elizabeth Taylor would enter through on a sphinx. Over time, his measurements became inaccurate. He stumbled onto the set the day of filming expecting the worst, but was surprised when Taylor and the sphinx managed to just pass through. It was later revealed that DeCuir Jr.’s team realized his mistake and spent the night before removing almost twelve inches from the ground beneath the arch so that she would make it through.

 
 
 

1980

Raise the Titanic (1980)

Art Director

1982

Monsignor (1982)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1984

[Spook Central] played such an important role that in my mind it became a character in the film...
— John DeCuir Jr.

With DeCuir Sr. as Production Designer and DeCuir Jr. as Art Director, this father and son project has inspired designers since its release in 1984. This film is largely admired for the presence and even character of the main building, 55 Central Park West, designed by John DeCuir Sr.

“[Spook Central] played such an important role that in my mind it became a character in the film,” says DeCuir Jr. 55 Central Park West was so important to the story that it was fabricated from many different parts to create a narrative environment that was just right. The lower street and main part of the building were filmed on location in New York, where the real building exists. However, they couldn’t cause a sinkhole and explosion on the streets of Manhattan so they recreated the street on a stage in Los Angeles. The temple and the upper floors of the building were created with matte paintings, miniatures, and full-size sets for shots throughout the movie. DeCuir Sr. constructed both Dana’s and Louis’ apartments as a single unit at The Burbank Studios in LA. You can learn more about the process of creating Spook Central in the Connectivity lesson in The Pillars of Design.

 
 
 

1985

Fright Night (1985)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1986

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986)

Production Designer

Top Gun (1986)

Production Designer

Legal Eagles (1986)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1987

Double Agent (1987) (TV series)

Production Designer

1988

Earth Stay Voyager (1988) (TV series)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1989

Turner & Hooch (1989)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1991

Muppet*vision 3-D (1991)

Production Designer

True Identity (1991)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1992

Sleepwalkers (1992)

Production Designer

1993

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1995

The Four Diamonds (1995)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1998

The Nephew (1998)

Production Designer

Land of the Free (1998)

Production Designer

 
 
 

1999

Running Red (1999)

Production Designer

Inherit the Wind (1999)

Production Designer

That Championship Season (1999)

Production Designer

 
 
 

2000

Slow Burn (2000) 

Production Designer

 
 
 

2001

Chestnut Hill (2001)

Production Designer

Providence (2001-02) (TV series)

Production Designer

 
 
 

2010

Krews (2010)

Production Designer