Hugh Scaife

Hugh Scaife ( born April 12, 1930 in Hampshire, England; † June 25, 2009 in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States) was a British production designer and film set designer.


Scaife grew up as the son of a wealthy family in the English Hampshire. He had many interests; he painted, played jazz piano and had a pilot's license. In the late 1960s he worked for a company for film and theater props in London when he was engaged by one of the Artdirectoren the British feature film Battle of Britain as a helper. While Scaife was not in the credits, but had characterized the entry found in the British film business. Already in the following year he worked as a set dresser on Dick Clements Comedy Never trust a family friend with Lee Remick and Richard Attenborough in the lead roles, and three years later he worked at Papillon with Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. It was followed by The Spy Who Loved Me, The Elephant Man and A Passage to India, for which he was nominated for an Oscar each.

In 1986 he moved to Wilmington Scaife, whereas the Italian film producer Dino him De Laurentiis for his film studio Screen Gems Studios had hired. His first film job for DeLaurentiis was King Kong lives. In the late 1980s operational Scaife addition to his film work a props hire, and a furniture store in Wilmington. In 1988 he received an Emmy nomination for his work on the miniseries Noble House.

Scaife retired from the film business in 1991 and married a few years later, the production designer Marthe Pineau, who in the films The Crow, among others - worked The Crow and Anna Karenina.

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