Tony Walton dead: The award-winning designer and director has died at the age of 87

Tony Walton, who won Tonys, an Emmy and an Oscar for his work, has died at the age of 87, his stepdaughter has confirmed

Tony Walton is dead
Tony Walton has died

One of Britain’s most prolific Hollywood set and costume designers, Tony Walton, has died at the age of 87.

The veteran designer died Wednesday of complications from a stroke.

His stepdaughter Bridget LeRoy confirmed his death on Facebook. She wrote: “A heartfelt and loving farewell to the most fabulous stepfather and man alive. I love you forever Tony Walton. I wish you a great journey.”

Tony enjoyed a career that spanned five decades and was a three-time Tony Award winner for his set designs for Guys and Dolls, The House of Blue Leaves and Pippin.

He also won an Emmy for Death of a Salesman and an Academy Award for Art and Decoration for All That Jazz.

He has been credited with 20 films including the 1964 Disney classic Mary Poppins, Murder on the Orient Express, Fahrenheit 451 and Deathtrap.

Julie Andrews and Tony Walton in 1965


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His Broadway credits include Chicago, The Real Thing, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Annie Get Your Gun.

In 1991 Tony was elected to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Following news of his death, fans took to social media to exchange condolences.

One Twitter user wrote: “Rest in peace to the great Tony Walton. He really was a great creative force in Hollywood and on Broadway. Oscar, Emmy and triple Tony winner.”

Another said: “That’s sad to hear RIP TONY WALTON. A true legend of the film industry has passed, RIP.”

And a third commented: “Ahh s**t. RIP to my dear friend Tony Walton. One of the sweetest, kindest and most talented men I have had the pleasure of working with on Prince of The City.

“Irreplaceable. I’m so sorry Jen.”

The Museum Of Broadway also paid tribute to the “brilliant” designer on its official account.

Julie and Tony at the premiere of Sound of Music


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They wrote: “We mourn the passing of famed designer Tony Walton.

“Tony was a brilliant set and costume designer whose work spanned five decades on Broadway and won three Tony Awards. Rest in peace.”

Tony was married to his childhood sweetheart, Dame Julie Andrews, from 1959 until their divorce in 1968.

He later married Gen LeRoy Walton and is survived by Gen and his daughters Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy and five grandchildren.

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