Sidney Ullman

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Sidney Mayer Ullman (born May 11, 1871 in Natchez, Mississippi; died May 8, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) was an architect, set designer and art director.

Ullman was the second son of Birmingham hardware dealer and poet Samuel Ullman and his wife Emma. He practiced architecture here, sometimes with Thomas Walter III, between 1899 and 1916. He married the former Retta Lehmann and had two children, Joseph and Samuel.

In 1917 Ullman moved to Los Angeles, California, where his older brother Edward was a pioneering cinematographer. He initially sought work as an architect, but also got involved in the film industry before 1920. He got his first film credits that year, during which he also served as treasurer of the Motion Picture Art Directors Association. He was credited as art director for a dozen feature films in the 1920s and 1930s.

In 19281929 Ullman developed the seven-story Villa Bonita apartment building in Hollywood Heights for the cast and crew of director Cecil B. DeMille. The design of the Spanish Colonial Revival building, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is credited to local architect Frank H. Webster.

In 1935 Ullman was listed as one of the directors of the Cinemagundi Club of Hollywood.

He died in 1938 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was cremated and his ashes were interred at Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Notable buildings

Film credits

  • "Alias Jimmy Valentine" (1920), art director
  • "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath" (1920), art director
  • "Are All Men Alike?" (1920), art director
  • "The Greater Claim" (1920), art director
  • "The Lure of Youth" (1921), interior architect
  • "Extravagance" (1921), art director
  • "Puppets of Fate" (1921), art director
  • "Big Game" (1921), art director
  • "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), art director
  • "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), settings
  • "Blarney" (1926), sets
  • "Dixiana" (1930), uncredited art director
  • "Cimarron" (1931), uncredited assistant art director
  • "Roar of the Dragon" (1933), uncredited assistant art director
  • "The Lost Patrol" (1934), art director
  • "The President Vanishes" (1934), art director
  • "Wanted! Jane Turner" (1936), associate art director
  • "Don't Turn 'Em Loose" (1936), associate art director
  • "Sea Devils" (1937), associate art director

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