Kent Norman “Superkentman” Elofson

Kent Norman “Superkentman” Elofson

Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 18 May 2012 (aged 59)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Cenotaph Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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Kent Norman Elofson, a multitalented designer, artist, and costumer, passed away on May 18 at his Pasadena home. He was 59. Elofson was born in Whittier, California on February 12, 1953, the younger of two sons of Paul Carl Elofson of Los Angeles and Shirley Eugenia Simpson of Norwalk. Developing an early interest in design and musical theater, he was active in theatrical design, production, and performance, first at Sierra High School, then at Rio Hondo College, and designed sets for dozens of local theater productions. After two years spent as a parade dancer and in the Disneyland Character Department (portraying characters from Chip ‘n' Dale to Peter Pan) he moved into Disney design and production, first with Disneyland's Art Department and then at Walt Disney Imagineering, where, as a Show Producer and Show Designer, he lent his artistry to such legendary attractions as Peter Pan's Flight, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, and the elegant redesign of It's A Small World for Disneyland Paris. He was especially proud of his painted mural of the Peter Pan characters that still graces the loading area of the ride at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. His career also encompassed stints as a designer of toys, figurines and gifts for the Disney Store, and Art Director of the all-new Snoopy Studios at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan. He had a passion for historical costume re-creation, portraying Sir Walter Raleigh at California's Renaissance Fairs in the 1980s, and John C. Fremont for both the History Channel and the California State Parks' annual re-creation of the Treaty of Cahuenga. He also designed and constructed multiple award winning sci-fi and fantasy costumes, from Batman to Zaphod Beeblebrox, for the Comic-Con Masquerade. A fan of the Lord of the Rings films, he became known in the Southern California Tolkien community for his stunning re-creations of Aragorn character costumes, which were aided by his own uncanny physical resemblance to Viggo Mortensen. He was an avid collector of Victorian and Art Nouveau art and antiques, Sarah Bernhardt memorabilia, DC Comic books (especially Superman), and Barbie dolls, and his impeccably designed Victorian home was used for many a film and video shoot. His leisure time was spent in genealogical research, watching races at Santa Anita Park (where he never gambled), helping design festive events for organizations such as the Renaissance Faire, the Fools Guild, the Glendale Moose Lodge, and the Pickwick Club, and in repartee, merriment, and song with his myriad friends. He is survived by his brother, Carl Scott Elofson, of Norwalk. A memorial costume ball will be held in his honor at a date and time to be announced.

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