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 Jack Martin Smith  (1911 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: movie set design, art production, sport event and landscape painting

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Jack Martin Smith made his debut in 1937 and two years later found himself working as a production designer on The Wizard of Oz. Smith spent most of his working life at MGM where he worked on such films as Easter Parade (1948), On the Town (1949), and the 1951 version of Show Boat. His first Oscar nomination came in 1949 for his work on Vincente Minnelli's adaptation of Madame Bovary.

Later, he moved to 20th Century Fox, where he was one of the art directors on the 1956 film version of Carousel. Other big productions to bear his name there include Peyton Place (1957), Return to Peyton Place (1961), Cleopatra (1963, his first Oscar win), Von Ryan's Express (1965), the science fiction epic Fantastic Voyage (1966, which earned him his second Oscar), Planet of the Apes (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and MASH (1970). His third Oscar was for Hello, Dolly! in 1969.

Smith also worked frequently in television on such series as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space and Batman.

His last film before retirement was the Disney part-animated film Pete's Dragon in 1977.

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Jack Martin Smith was born in California on Jan. 2, 1911.  During the 1930s Martin lived in Los Angeles while attending USC.  For many years he worked as a set designer for the movie studios.  He died in Santa Barbara, CA on Nov. 7, 1993. 

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