My father, Robert Francis Boyle, was born in Los Angeles, Ca.; on October 10, 1909. He grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and after graduating from Tulare Union High School he attended and graduated from USC School of Architecture.
As one of the industry’s most respected Production Designers, Dad’s career included; “The Wolf Man”, Alfred Hitchcock’s five films “Saboteur”, “Shadow of a Doubt”, “The Birds”, “Marnie”, “North by Northwest”, “Cape Fear”, “In Cold Blood”, “Gaily, Gaily”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “The Shootist” with John Wayne.
Bob Boyle was also a combat photographer in the Signal Corps, in World War II earning the Bronze Star. He has earned dozens of prestigious awards, including four nominations for Academy Awards and an Honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2008. He adored giving back to his trade, and developed the Production Design Program at The American Film Institute; in the early 1980’s.
The father, artist, architect, filmmaker and teacher, my father, loved teaching until the day of his passing at 100 years old on August 01, 2010.
I created this site is to share a lesser known side of my father, Robert Francis Boyle, with the world. Behind the public image was an amazing man that we just knew as ‘Dad’. The father and grandfather who would come home from an exhausting day of work always ready to engage and eager to jump right into the lives of his daughters.
I hope you enjoy these stories, photography and works from his personal collection.