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Roy A. Barnett

  • Birthplace: Oakland, California
  • Birthday: March 25
Date of passing: 
May 26, 2016

Roy A. Barnett was a lighting director best known for his work on the 1979 comedic telefilm You Can’t Take It with You. For his work on the production, he won an Emmy in the category of outstanding achievement in lighting direction (electronic). He shared the award with George Riesenberger, a lighting consultant and lighting designer.

Adapted form the stage play by George S. Kaufman, the TV movie starred Jean Stapleton, Barry Bostwick and Blythe Danner in the story of a slightly batty New York City family who do exactly what they want. The play premiered on Broadway in 1936 and continued for 838 performances. In 1938 it was made into a film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart. The production earned Academy Awards for best picture and best director.

Barnett also contributed to the television series The Midnight Special, a late-night show that spotlighted rock and pop music performances. The series ran from 1972 to 1981; Barnett contributed to a 1978 episode featuring Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Roy A. Barnett was a lighting director best known for his work on the 1979 comedic telefilm You Can’t Take It with You. For his work on the production, he won an Emmy in the category of outstanding achievement in lighting direction (electronic). He shared the award with George Riesenberger, a lighting consultant and lighting designer.

Adapted form the stage play by George S. Kaufman, the TV movie starred Jean Stapleton, Barry Bostwick and Blythe Danner in the story of a slightly batty New York City family who do exactly what they want. The play premiered on Broadway in 1936 and continued for 838 performances. In 1938 it was made into a film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart. The production earned Academy Awards for best picture and best director.

Barnett also contributed to the television series The Midnight Special, a late-night show that spotlighted rock and pop music performances. The series ran from 1972 to 1981; Barnett contributed to a 1978 episode featuring Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Additionally, he served as a gaffer on the 1973 horror film Scream Bloody Murder, and as best boy on the 1978 comedic thriller The Big Fix, starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Barnett died May 26, 2016. He was 89.

 

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Courtesy of the Barnett family

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