TV and Stage Designer Don Roberts, 64, Dies; Designed Archie Bunker Interiors

News   TV and Stage Designer Don Roberts, 64, Dies; Designed Archie Bunker Interiors
 
Don Roberts, 64, a theatre and television scenic designer, died of a brain tumor Jan. 10 in the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Los Angeles, Variety reported.

Don Roberts, 64, a theatre and television scenic designer, died of a brain tumor Jan. 10 in the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Los Angeles, Variety reported.

Mr. Roberts' best-known design may be the living room set of the Archie Bunker home in TV's "All in the Family." He was responsible for production design for many 1970s and 80s sitcoms, but the Southern California native also directed and designed many theatre productions.

Variety reported that Mr. Roberts began his career directing musicals for the Santa Monica Civic Light Opera. He designed sets for the Players Ring Theater in Hollywood and the Pasadena Playhouse.

Los Angeles stagings he designed with lighting designer Conrad Penrod include Kataki, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Sweet Bird of Youth.

Roberts is survived by a brother, Kenneth, and his companion, producer- director Bernie Wiesen. Services will be held at 10:30 AM Jan. 16 at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. Donations may be made to the Bowmer Fund for Education, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 158, Ashland, OR 97520.

-- By Kenneth Jones

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