Tributes pour in as Tony Walton dies aged 87

Tony Walton dies aged 87: Tributes pour in as Oscar-winning director and Julie Andrews’ ex husband passes away after suffering a stroke

  • Walton won the Oscar for best art direction for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz in 1979 
  • He married Dame Julie in 1959 and they remained friends following their divorce

Award-winning British director and production designer Tony Walton has died aged 87 after suffering complications from a stroke.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, whom he shared with ex-wife Julie Andrews. 

The Oscar winning director enjoyed a career spanning five decades in film, television and the stage and was famous for his work on Broadway in the US.

RIP: Award-winning British director and production designer Tony Walton has died aged 87 after suffering complications from a stroke (pictured in 2014) 

His film work included Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express, all of which earned him Academy Award nominations.

Walton won the Oscar for best art direction for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz in 1979.

He has also been honoured with 16 Tony awards, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie for his work on Death of a Salesman in 1985. 

Among those paying tribute to Walton was Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, who wrote: ‘My friend Tony has left us.

‘He directed me in EQUUS at @guild_hall a few years back. I assume he’s having lunch with Nichols now. Plotting. Rest In Peace, Tony.’

Tragic: His death was confirmed by his daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, whom he shared with ex-wife Julie Andrews (pictured in 1962) 

Walton’s step daughter Bridget LeRoy commented: ‘He’s with Mike, Sidney, and Bobby, but Warner is definitely throwing the party.’

She then paid tribute to ‘the most fabulous stepdad and human being in the world’.

‘Love you forever, Tony Walton. Have a great trip,’ she wrote online.

Walton was born Walton-on-Thames, in England, on October 24, 1935, and studied art and design at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Walton and Dame Julie, who were childhood sweethearts, married in 1959 but remained friends following their divorce in 1968. 

Touching: Among those paying tribute to Walton was Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin

Tribute: Walton’s step daughter Bridget LeRoy was quick to comment on Alec’s post 

Among many others Walton’s designs for Broadway included Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, Grand Hotel, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls and Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes.

He was the production designer for Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol for 10 years as well as for Dame Julie Andrews’ 2003 revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend.

He was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.  

Paying their respects: Tributes poured in for the Broadway legend 

Following the news of his passing The Museum Of Broadway paid tribute to the ‘brilliant’ designer.

‘We mourn the loss of celebrated designer, Tony Walton,’ the official account tweeted. ‘Tony was a brilliant scenic and costume designer whose work was seen on Broadway across five decades, winning three Tony Awards. Rest In Peace.’

As a producer, Walton co-presented six productions – plays and musicals – in London.

His designs for Opera have been seen at London’s Theatre Royal Covent Garden, The Sadler’s Wells Opera Company and throughout Europe and America.

Walton leaves behind his wife, author Genevieve LeRoy Walton, his two daughters, Emma and Bridget, and five grandchildren.

Wedding day: Walton and Dame Julie, who were childhood sweethearts, married in 1959 but remained friends following their divorce in 1968

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