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Gene Callahan (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983

Duration: 00:26:55

Subjects: CALLAHAN, GENE | Film Industry | Set designers | Motion picture art directors | Academy Awards (Motion pictures)


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Callahan, Gene Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from 1983 features an interview with Gene Callahan conducted by Gus Weill. Callahan, a native of Baton Rouge, won two Academy Awards for his work as a production and set designer. He discusses: becoming interested in set design while working in the opera department at LSU; the production design process from beginning to end; working in playhouses in New York City during his early career; his evolution to television and film work; winning the Academy Awards for his work on “The Hustler” and “America, America”; working with movie stars; and his love of Louisiana.