Bruno Rubeo, 65, a production designer who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1990 for the art direction on Bruce Beresford's "Driving Miss Daisy," died Nov. 3 of complications from pneumonia in Trevi, Italy, according to publicist Stan Rosenfield.
A native of Rome, Rubeo was hired by director Oliver Stone for the production design on "Salvador" (1986) and worked on three more films for the director: "Platoon" (1986), "Talk Radio" (1988) and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989).
His other production designs include the 1989 Mexican period piece "Old Gringo," the 1993 post-Civil War drama "Sommersby," the 1994 film adaptation of John Grisham's "The Client," the 1999 remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" and 2004's "The Merchant of Venice," set in 16th century Venice.
He also collaborated with director Taylor Hackford on five films, including Rubeo's last, 2010's "Love Ranch."
"When movies have a big budget, it's not just because of star salaries," Rubeo told the Memphis Commercial Appeal in 1993 while working on "The Client," which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. "A lot of money is also spent giving a movie a specific look. You shouldn't be reminded of anything else.... You create a reality with your set."
Rubeo's wife, Mayes Rubeo, is a costume designer whose credits include "Avatar" and "Apocalypto," and his son, Marco Rubeo, works as a set designer and art director.
Cargill MacMillan Jr.
Agribusiness heir, philanthropist
Cargill MacMillan Jr., 84, a billionaire heir to an agribusiness fortune and benefactor of the Palm Springs art scene, died Monday of natural causes at his Indian Wells home, said a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
MacMillan was worth an estimated $2.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He was an heir to Cargill, a Minnesota-based agricultural conglomerate that has $120 billion in revenue and is the largest private company in the world.
He served on the company's board but had no day-to-day role in the business, which his great-grandfather founded in 1865 as a small grain storage company.
A native of Minnesota, MacMillan graduated from Yale University and moved to Indian Wells in 1990.
In 2009, Wells and his wife, Donna, donated a collection with a value of at least $20 million to the Palm Springs Art Museum.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports