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was an American art director and production designer
In film and television, a production designer is the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films, TV programs, music videos or adverts. Production designers have one of the key creative roles in the creation of motion pictures and television. Working directly with the...
In the 1940s through the 1960s he worked on more than 200 films as an art director and production designer. He was nominated for 23 Oscars
An Academy Award, also known as an Oscar, is an accolade bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers...
, having won only one for his work on The Rose Tattoo
. He served, along with Earl Hedrick
A. Earl Hedrick was an American art director. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film The Proud and Profane.-External links:...
, as artistic director of the popular TV series Bonanza
Bonanza is an American western television series that both ran on and was a production of NBC from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series and still continues to air in syndication. It centers on the...
Pereira was educated at the University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a large public research-intensive university in the state of Illinois, United States. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system...
and is brother of architect (and occasional film art director) William L. Pereira
William Leonard Pereira was an American architect from Chicago, Illinois, of Portuguese ancestry who was noted for his futuristic designs of landmark buildings such as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco...