Co-Founder Emile Kuri

Co-Founder of Kuri Productions was Emile Kuri, John Kuri's father. 

Emile was an eight-time nominated and twice awarded Oscar® set designer.  He was a collaborator with the greats of the golden era of Hollywood including, David O. Selznick, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock, and Walt Disney.  He was a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for 10 years.  His 125 motion picture and television credits include: It's A Wonderful Life, Spellbound, The Paradine Case, A Place in the Sun, Duel in the Sun, The Heiress, The War of the Worlds, Mary Poppins, Shane, The Parent Trap, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. (IMDB on Emile Kuri)

 Walt Disney with Emile Kuri

Walt Disney, Emile Kuri in the Oscar® winning Nautilus set, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea




Emile Kuri (right) with John Meehan and their respective Oscars® for Art Direction

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Incidently, Emile Kuri and John Meehan also won Oscars® for their collaboration on William Wyler's The Heiress.  At that time William Wyler's partners were George Stevens and Frank Capra.  Emile, having done numerous films with all three of these great directors, received the telegram from Frank Capra on the evening of the Oscar® when he was awarded the golden statuette for The Heiress, inserted below.


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 Emile Kuri, who was one of Walt Disney's key designers during the building of Disneyland and DisneyWorld, was awarded with a Main St. window in both theme parks.  This window naming is an exceptional honor granted to a handful of those closest to Walt Disney who contributed greatly to the developement of the theme parks.