Charles Lisanby Dead: Emmy Winning Director Dies at 89 (+Videos)

By Zack
August 29, 2013 9:05 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:19 pm

Charles Lisanby, a three-time Emmy winning art director, died recently, it was announced on Thursday.

Lisanby passed away on August 23 after a fall at his home in Los Angeles, reported Variety.

Lisanby was the first production designer inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame and is well-known for his work on one of the first daytime shows on CBS, “Billy the Kid.”

Lisanby also worked on Broadway.

He win the three Emmys for “Benjamin Franklin” (1975) “Barishnikov on Broadway” (1980); and “Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street” (1988).

The Archive of American Television said that Lisanby was known for his signature block lettering and pioneering the use of lights on the risers of steps and the use of neon on television.

Below are several parts of an interview with the archive with Lisanby in 2007.