Paul Sylbert

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Paul Sylbert
Born(1928-04-16)April 16, 1928
DiedNovember 19, 2016(2016-11-19) (aged 88)
OccupationProduction designer, art director, set designer
Years active1951-2008
Relatives Richard Sylbert (twin brother)

Paul Sylbert (April 16, 1928 – November 19, 2016) was an American Academy Award-winning production designer, art director, and set designer who directed on occasion.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a dressmaker, Sylbert grew up in the borough's Flatbush neighborhood and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1946. [1] He fought in the Korean War and attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania with his identical twin brother Richard. [2] Early in their careers, they collaborated on Baby Doll and A Face in the Crowd . [3] Sylbert also attended the Hans Hoffman School of Art and The Actors Studio. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served in Korea. Sylbert was a member of the faculty at the Film and Media Arts department of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where he taught courses in film studies. He also taught a course called Film: The Creative Process at Temple University in the Spring of 2014.

Sylbert died on November 19, 2016 at the age of 88. [4]


Television (as designer)

Feature films (as designer)

Stage (as designer)

Stage direction

Television direction

Commercial direction

Industrial direction

Feature film direction

Writer - film

Writer - books


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  1. Grimes, William. "Paul Sylbert, Oscar-Winner Who Gave Movies Their Look, Dies at 88", The New York Times , November 25, 2016. Accessed November 29, 2016. "Paul Sylbert was born on April 16, 1928, in Brooklyn, and grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood.... After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School in 1946, he served in the same Army unit in Korea as his brother."
  2. Richard Sylbert bio at
  3. Paul Sylbert at
  4. Paul Sylbert, Oscar-Winning Production Designer on 'Heaven Can Wait,' Dies at 88