A. D. Flowers
Born(1917-02-22)February 22, 1917
DiedJuly 5, 2001(2001-07-05) (aged 84)
OccupationVisual effects artist
Years active1939–1979
Spouse(s)Vivian Lois Shea (1938–2001) (his death)
Children2
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Visual Effects (1970)

A. D. Flowers (February 22, 1917 – July 5, 2001) was an American special effects artist best known for his work on Tora! Tora! Tora!, which won him an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 43rd Academy Awards. He was also a credited special effects artist for The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.[1][2]

Flowers was born in Texas, and raised in Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, he relocated to California. There, he began an entry-level job at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He served in the United States Navy during World War II on USS Saranac. After being discharged from the service, he returned to California and continued to work in the film industry. He died at age 84 from complications of emphysema and pneumonia.[3]

Academy Awards

All three were in the category of Best Visual Effects, with one being a Special Achievement win.

References

  1. ^ "A.D. Flowers; Won Oscars for Special Effects". LAtimes.com. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  2. ^ The Associated Press (2001-08-24). "A. D. Flowers -- Special-Effects Coordinator, 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  3. ^ "A. D. Flowers -- Special-Effects Coordinator, 84". The New York Times. Associated Press. 2001-08-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  4. ^ "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "The 45th Academy Awards (1973) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.