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Arnold "Buddy" Gillespie
Birth: Oct. 14, 1899
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA
Death: May 3, 1978
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Movie Special Effects Pioneer. Born in El Paso, Texas, he was an American cinema special effects artist best remembered his work on the film "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Educated at the Columbia University and the Arts Students League New York, he joined MGM Studios as a set designer in 1925. His first project was the silent film "Ben Hur" (1925) and by 1936, he became the head of MGM's special effects artist. For the next 36 years he worked at the studio in various capacities until he retired in 1962. His other most remembered achievments included "Flight Command" (1941), "Thirty Seconds Over Toyko" (1944) won the Oscar for photographic and special effects, "They Were Expendable" (1945), "Green Dolpin Street" (1947) won the Oscar for photographic and special effects, "Torpedo Run" (1958), "Ben Hur" (1959) won the Oscar for special effects, and "Muntiny On The Bounty" (1962). He died at age 78 in Los Angeles, California. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Nell Hill Gillespie (1912 - 2000)*
  Ruth Elder (1902 - 1977)*
 
 Children:
  William Trent Gillespie (1940 - 2008)*
  Thomas Scott Gillespie (1944 - 1961)*
 
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Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Court of Freedom, Columbarium of Heavenly Peace, N-948 (The birth year on his marker incorrectly reads 1800)
 
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Record added: Nov 09, 2000
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Arnold Buddy Gillespie
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