Richard Greenberg, Little Monsters director and go-to genre title designer, dead at 71

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Jun 20, 2018, 8:48 PM EDT (Updated)

Richard Alan Greenberg, the main title designer for some of the biggest genre films of all time, has died at age 71.

After earning his master's degree in graphic design from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Richard and his brother Robert formed R/Greenberg Associates in 1977. Their first job was designing the titles for Richard Donner's 1978 Superman. They pitched the idea, but had no idea how to do it.

"For about two weeks, we kept trying to figure it out," Richard said in a 2013 interview with Art of the Title. The teaser trailer they came out with ended up winning a Clio Award that year.

The brothers went on to create the main titles for Ridley Scott's Alien (1979); Robert Greewald's Xanadu (1980); Ken Russell's Altered States (1980); Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon (1980); and John McTiernan's Predator (1987). And Richard Greenberg's work on Predator earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Greenberg came to Hollywood in 1991 and formed Greenberg/Schluter with Bruce Schluter. During this time period, Greenberg designed titles for Death Becomes Her (1992), Last Action Hero (1993), The Devil's Advocate (1997), Phantoms (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). His last credit was on 2010's Edge of Darkness.

Greenberg also stepped into the director's chair for 1989's Little Monsters, a family-friendly film starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel, about a boy who discovers that monsters do, in fact, live under his bed. He also directed an episode of Tales From the Crypt in 1990, titled "The Sacrifice."

Greenberg died in New York on June 16 after a bout of appendicitis. He is survived by his brother Robert, and three children.

(via Hollywood Reporter)