Renowned Spanish producer Tedy Villalba has died in Madrid after a long period of ill health. He was 74 years old.
Villalba worked with some of the biggest names in film, including Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick, over a 60 year career. He began as a set designer and painter before moving into production, working his way up from production assistant to production manager and executive producer.
His list of credits include David Lean’s Dr Zhivago and Lawrence Of Arabia, John Huston’s Moby Dick, Orson Welles’ Mr Arkadin, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Anthony Mann’s El Cid and local director Pedro Almodovar’s Dark Habits and What Have I Done To Deserve This?.
Villalba was director of film production at Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 until 2008 when he left to start his own production company. He was also director of the Film and Audiovisual School in Madrid for nearly ten years from 1994, and also served two terms as vice president of the Spanish Film Academy, which earned him an honorary Goya in 2006.