J. Michael Riva

J. Michael Riva

Production Designer
Born Jun 28, 1948

J. Michael Riva is a motion picture production designer. Son of William and Maria Riva. Grandson of Marlene Dietrich. Michael Riva's father is William Riva, who was a set designer for Broadway. His mother Maria Riva played Catherine the Great as a child in The Scarlet Empress, one of the classic films Dietrich made with associate filmmaker Josef Von Sternberg. Maria Riva wrote a best selling biography of her mother.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on June 28, 1948.


1985 37 Years Old Riva had a long and prestigious career as an art director and production designer on numerous films, including the 1985 film The Color Purple, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction. … Read More


1996 48 Years Old His final films, The Amazing Spider-Man and Django Unchained, will be released posthumously. He was the production designer for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, as well as for the 74th and 79th Academy Awards in 2002 and 2007. … Read More


2012 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Riva suffered a stroke on June 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana during production of Django Unchained.
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