Friday, June 8, 2012

RIP J. Michael Riva

Production designer J. Michael Riva, whose most recent work includes Quentin Tarantino’s currently filming Django Unchained and Sony’s franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, has died. Riva was 63, and the circumstances and cause of death were not known but Deadline was able to confirm his passing. Very highly regarded in the industry, he was the son of actress-author Maria Riva and art director William Riva and the grandson of Marlene Dietrich and film editor Rudolph Sieber. Raised in New York City, he eventually found his way to Los Angeles. Dropping out of UCLA to pursue a career in production design, Riva apprenticed with Jackson DeGoiva and his first major movie was uncredited work with Toby Rafelson on I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). That led to Brubaker (1980) with Robert Redford and subsequently Redford hired him for Ordinary People (1980). Other work included the 1984 cult fave The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension plus Bad Boys, The Goonies, The Golden Child and The Color Purple among numerous others. In addition to Django Unchained and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, Riva also worked on Iron Man and its first sequel, Spider-Man 3, both Charlie’s Angels movies, the four Lethal Weapon pictures as well as Scrooged, Congo, Dave and A Few Good Men.

RIVA, J. Michael (John Michael Riva)
Born: 6/28/1948, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/7/2012, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

J. Michael Rivas' western - production manager:
Django Unchained - 2012

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