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A. Arnold Gillespie (1899–1978)

A. Arnold Gillespie was born on October 14, 1899 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Albert Arnold Gillespie. He is known for his work on Forbidden Planet (1956), Ben-Hur (1959) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was married to Dora Ingram and Nell Hill. He died on May 3, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Forbidden Planet Special Effects
Ben-Hur Visual Effects
The Wizard of Oz Special Effects
North by Northwest Special Effects


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 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series) (special effects - 1 episode)
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Part 1 (1967) ... (special effects)
 1961 Atlantis: The Lost Continent (special effects)
 1960 Cimarron (special effects)
 1960 Bells Are Ringing (special effects)
 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (special effects)
 1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare (special effects)
 1959 North by Northwest (special effects)
 1959 Green Mansions (special effects)
 1958 Torpedo Run (special effects)
 1957 Don't Go Near the Water (special effects)
 1957 Jailhouse Rock (special effects)
 1957 Until They Sail (special effects)
 1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey (special effects)
 1957 House of Numbers (special effects)
 1957 Gun Glory (special effects)
 1957 The Seventh Sin (special effects)
 1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms (special effects)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles (special effects)
 1956 MGM Parade (TV Series documentary) (special effects - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.28 (1956) ... (special effects)
- Episode #1.27 (1956) ... (special effects)
 1956 The Great American Pastime (special effects)
 1956 The Opposite Sex (special effects)
 1956 The Power and the Prize (special effects)
 1956 High Society (special effects)
 1956 Gaby (special effects)
 1956 Forbidden Planet (robot design - uncredited) / (special effects)
 1955 The Prodigal (special effects)
 1955 Jupiter's Darling (special effects)
 1954 Green Fire (special effects)
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris (special effects)
 1954 Rogue Cop (special effects)
 1954 Her Twelve Men (special effects)
 1954 Valley of the Kings (special effects)
 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (special effects)
 1954 Men of the Fighting Lady (special effects)
 1954 Prisoner of War (special effects)
 1954 Rhapsody (special effects)
 1954 Rose Marie (special effects)
 1954 Executive Suite (special effects)
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer (special effects)
 1953 All the Brothers Were Valiant (special effects)
 1953 Latin Lovers (special effects)
 1953 Ride, Vaquero! (special effects)
 1953 Arena (special effects)
 1953 A Slight Case of Larceny (special effects)
 1953 Dream Wife (special effects)
 1953 Young Bess (special effects)
 1953 Scandal at Scourie (special effects)
 1953 Cry of the Hunted (special effects)
 1953 Code Two (special effects)
 1953 Bright Road (special effects)
 1953 Jeopardy (special effects)
 1953 I Love Melvin (special effects)
 1953 Battle Circus (special effects)
 1952 Above and Beyond (special effects)
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful (special effects)
 1952 Sky Full of Moon (special effects)
 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid (special effects)
 1952 Desperate Search (special effects)
 1952 Plymouth Adventure (special effects)
 1952 Apache War Smoke (special effects)
 1952 The Merry Widow (special effects)
 1952 Fearless Fagan (special effects)
 1952 Washington Story (special effects)
 1952 Glory Alley (special effects)
 1952 The Sellout (special effects)
 1952 Lovely to Look At (special effects)
 1952 The Girl in White (special effects)
 1952 When in Rome (special effects)
 1952 Scaramouche (special effects)
 1952 Young Man with Ideas (special effects)
 1952 Carbine Williams (special effects)
 1952 Talk About a Stranger (special effects)
 1952 Just This Once (special effects)
 1952 Lone Star (special effects)
 1952 Invitation (special effects)
 1952 The Wild North (special effects)
 1951 The Light Touch (special effects)
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway (special effects)
 1951 The Unknown Man (special effects)
 1951 Quo Vadis (special effects - as A.Arnold Gillespie)
 1951 Texas Carnival (special effects)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield (special effects)
 1951 The People Against O'Hara (special effects)
 1951 The Strip (special effects)
 1951 The Tall Target (special effects)
 1951 Excuse My Dust (special effects)
 1951 No Questions Asked (special effects)
 1951 Go for Broke! (special effects)
 1951 Soldiers Three (special effects)
 1951 Inside Straight (special effects)
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike (special effects)
 1950 Pagan Love Song (special effects)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee (special effects)
 1950 Watch the Birdie (special effects)
 1950 Kim (special effects)
 1950 Dial 1119 (special effects)
 1950 To Please a Lady (special effects)
 1950 Devil's Doorway (special effects)
 1950 The Toast of New Orleans (special effects)
 1950 A Lady Without Passport (special effects)
 1950 Crisis (special effects)
 1950 Annie Get Your Gun (special effects)
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead (special effects)
 1950 The Yellow Cab Man (special effects)
 1950 Side Street (special effects)
 1950 Nancy Goes to Rio (special effects)
 1950 The Outriders (special effects)
 1950 Key to the City (special effects)
 1949 Malaya (special effects)
 1949 East Side, West Side (special effects)
 1949 Adam's Rib (special effects)
 1949 Scene of the Crime (special effects)
 1949 The Secret Garden (special effects)
 1949 The Stratton Story (special effects)
 1949 The Bribe (special effects)
 1948 Command Decision (special effects)
 1948 The Kissing Bandit (special effects)
 1948 Luxury Liner (special effects)
 1948 On an Island with You (special effects)
 1948 Homecoming (special effects)
 1948 State of the Union (special effects)
 1947 High Wall (special effects)
 1947 Cass Timberlane (special effects)
 1947 Desire Me (special effects)
 1947 This Time for Keeps (special effects)
 1947 Green Dolphin Street (special effects)
 1947 The Hucksters (special effects)
 1947 High Barbaree (special effects)
 1947 The Sea of Grass (special effects)
 1947 The Beginning or the End (special effects)
 1946 Lady in the Lake (special effects)
 1946 The Green Years (special effects)
 1946 Up Goes Maisie (special effects)
 1945 They Were Expendable (special effects)
 1945 What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (special effects)
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief (special effects)
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (special effects)
 1945 The Valley of Decision (special effects)
 1945 Son of Lassie (special effects)
 1945 The Clock (special effects)
 1945 Without Love (special effects)
 1945 This Man's Navy (special effects)
 1944 National Velvet (transparency projection shots - uncredited)
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis (minatures and transparency projection shots - uncredited)
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (special effects)
 1944 Mrs. Parkington (special effects)
 1944 An American Romance (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1944 The Heavenly Body (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1944 Song of Russia (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1943 A Guy Named Joe (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1943 The Man from Down Under (special effects)
 1943 Salute to the Marines (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1943 Pilot #5 (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1943 Bataan (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1943 Assignment in Brittany (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1942 Stand by for Action (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1942 I Married an Angel (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1942 Mrs. Miniver (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1942 The Bugle Sounds (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1940 Flight Command (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1940 Comrade X (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1940 Boom Town (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1938 Too Hot to Handle (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1938 Test Pilot (special effects - as Arnold Gillespie)
 1936 Tarzan Escapes (special effects - uncredited)
 1936 San Francisco (special effects - uncredited)
 1933 Night Flight (special effects - uncredited)
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (special effects)
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Alternate Names:

A.Arnold Gillespie | Arnold Gillespie | Buddy Gillespie


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Cedric Gibbons]: Gibbons was so admired by the people on his staff, I don't think there was any resentment that he would get the acclaim for a picture. I used to insist that certain of the men that worked for me had credit. He could never understand that, you know. See more »


His career at MGM was so long that he worked on the original Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and its remake Ben-Hur (1959) and the original Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and its remake Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). See more »



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