Dean Tavoularis

“To stop and take a leak was a life-and-death situation. That was only the beginning of Apocalypse Now. I should have stopped then! I spent two years on that film. You’d get knocked off your feet at times, but you’d adapt to it, if you had time.”


Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in May, 1932, Dean Tavoularis moved to Los Angeles as a child where he grew up surrounded by the great film studios at the height of their glamour. He attended the Otis Art Institute (now called Otis College of Art and Design) and started work at Disney as an animation “in-betweener,” and later a storyboard artist, eventually moving to the studio’s live-action ...

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