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Hal Gausman

Hal Gausman

American set decorator
Hal Gausman
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American set decorator
Was Film crew member Set decorator Film producer Production designer
From United States of America
Type Creativity Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 13 November 1917, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 10 June 2003, Ventura County, California, USA (aged 85 years)
Star sign Scorpio
The details


Hal Gausman (November 13, 1917 – June 10, 2003) was an American set decorator. He was nominated for five Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction.


Gausman was born in Los Angeles, California in 1917 to Harvey Elwood Gausman (1886–1944) and his wife, Maude F. Coffy. He was the younger brother to Harvey Elwood Gausman, Jr. (1913–1981). He married in 1947, and moved to Oxnard, in Ventura County, California.

He was hired by Walt Disney in 1961, to be the set decorator for The Absent-Minded Professor. Having done set decorations for films since 1952, Gausman took the offer, and since then has done set decorations for films including Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Escape to Witch Mountain, Back to the Future and Jaws: The Revenge.


Gausman retired from set decorations in 1989, and died at home on June 10, 2003. He was 85 years old.

Selected filmography

Gausman was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Art Direction:

  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
  • The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
  • The Untouchables (1987)

Additional film credits include:

  • Animal House (1978)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
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