Oscar-winning director and production designer Tony Walton dies aged 87

British director and production designer Tony Walton has died at the age of 87, his family have confirmed. 

News of his death was shared on Facebook by his stepdaughter Bridget LeRoy, who wrote: ‘A fond and loving farewell to the most fabulous stepdad and human being in the world. 

‘Love you forever, Tony Walton. Have a great trip.’

Walton had won an Oscar for best art direction on Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz in 1979, was nominated for 16 and won three Tony Awards for best scenic design for Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls, as well as an Emmy for outstanding art direction for a miniseries or movie for Death Of A Salesman.

His work had spanned five decades in film, television and the stage, and he was well-known for his work on Broadway in the US. 

Actor Alec Baldwin shared a tribute to Walton, posting a photo of him on Instagram and telling fans: ‘My friend Tony has left us.

‘He directed me in EQUUS at @guild_hall a few years back. I assume he’s having lunch with Nichols now. Plotting. Rest In Peace, Tony.’

Walton’s death was also announced vis his official website which listed some of the accolades throughout his glittering career. 

He had worked on productions including Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express, all of which earned him Academy Award nominations.

Walton was born Walton-on-Thames, in England, on October 24, 1935, and studied art and design at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

As well as his work on Broadway, he was also the production designer for Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol for 10 years and was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.

Walton had been childhood sweethearts with Dame Julie Andrews, who he married in 1959 and remained friends with following their divorce in 1968.

Walton is survived by his wife, author Genevieve LeRoy Walton, his two daughters, Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy, and five grandchildren.

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