- Trevor Murray, from Ballintrane,
- Co. Carlow
A Carlowman who worked on some of the leading Hollywood block-buster
films in recent times has been found dead in his apartment in the Thai
capital, Bangkok, where he was wrapping up another film.
Trevor Murray, from Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow who was based in
Los Angeles, had been working as production manager on a film starring
action hero Steven Seagal and was due home to visit his parents, Bertie
and Sheila when the film wrapped up in three weeks’ time.
However, on Monday morning when members of the film crew called for
him to go to work they became concerned when they were unable to contact
him. He was subsequently found in bed in his apartment. The authorities,
who carried out a post-mortem on Tuesday, have ruled out foul play.
The family of the 33-year-old model maker were informed of the tragic
news by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday night.
Trevor studied design at Carlow RTC from 1987 to 1990 and then moved
to Dublin where he worked for an architectural model-maker. After that
he became involved in making the sets for a number of independent
theatre groups in the capital, such as Rough Magic.
While in Dublin he also worked on the model for the science fiction
film Space Truckers, starring Denis Hopper.
He moved to America in 1996 where he worked for a design consultancy
in New York and later to Los Angeles to work on Titanic.
Other notable projects included work on such films as Virus, My
Favourite Martian and Species 2.
Because of his success in model building Trevor had made a name for
himself in the industry and in recent years was employed as production
manager with regard to sets on films.
Trevor is survived by his parents, Bertie, a well known athlete in
the 1950s and 60s and Sheila, two brothers, Douglas, who lives in Carlow
and Eric, who lives in New York, and sister, Mrs. Jean Tomkins, who
lives at Ardattin.
His credits include:
- Avatar Exile (Prod. Designer) Jian Kuo
- High (Prod. Designer) Kurt Walheim
- The Double Transformation (Prod. Designer) Marc-Ivan Gorman
- Rain (Prod. Designer) Natasha Limon
- The Forsaken (Art Director) Joe Cardone
- Bit Players (Art Director) Andy Berman
- Dancing at the Blue Iguana (Art Director) Michael Radford
- See Jane Run (Prop. Master) Sarah Thorpe
- Deal of a Lifetime (Asst. Props) Paul Levine
- My Favorite Martian (Model Maker/Puppeteer) Donald Petrie
- Species II (Creature Maker) Peter Medak
- Virus (Puppeteer) John Bruno
- Titanic (Model Maker) James Cameron
- Space Truckers (Model Maker) Stuart Gordon
No funeral arrangements were known at the time of going to press.
Source: THE NATIONALIST Friday, April 18, 2003
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