Production designer of the original Planet of the Apes dies at 87

William J Creber was suffering from pneumonia after a prolonged illness

author_img Ayesha T Published :  13th March 2019 03:41 PM   |   Published :   |  13th March 2019 03:41 PM

William J Creber

Production designer of the iconic film, Planet of the Apes, William J Creber died earlier this week on March 7. Creber who served as the art director on the original Planet of the Apes was suffering from pneumonia after a prolonged illness, as per reports.

Nelson Coates, president of the Art Directors Guild, expressed his grief and said, "This was the man who designed and then flipped cruise ships, burned skyscrapers, and created an entire ape culture."Other projects that Creber worked on included the series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for which he won an Emmy, and he also worked on Lost In Space. The art director influenced the industry with his creative approach and incredible visual solutions.

Coates appreciated his colleague and said, "Though his last feature was 21 years ago, Bill Creber remained a vital influence in the industry, with his institutional memory, sharing of relevant production solutions, and his amazing skills devising, executing, and teaching incredible methods of in-camera visual fx."

Creber's Oscar nominations came for his art direction on George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told and on Irwin Allen's Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno.

He is survived by his Emmy-winning son Kenneth Creber, an art director and set designer who has worked on shows such as Melrose Place and Pushing Daisies and his wife Sally Queen.