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Roger K. Furse

Roger K. Furse
Born (1903-09-11)September 11, 1903
Ightham, England
Died August 19, 1972(1972-08-19) (aged 68)
Occupation costume designer and art director
Years active 19441962
Spouse(s) Margaret Furse (?-?)

Roger Kemble Furse (11 September 1903 – 19 August 1972) was an English art director and costume designer of stage and film.


The son of Lieutenant General Sir William Furse, Roger Furse was educated at Eton and the Slade School of Fine Arts.

A frequent collaborator with Laurence Olivier, Furse won two Oscars in 1948 for his art direction and costume design of Olivier's version of Hamlet for the black and white categories. His other film credits include Henry V (1945), Odd Man Out (1947), Ivanhoe (1952) and The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (1961). In 1946 he created the sets for the ballet Adam Zero at Covent Garden.

He was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1961 for his set design of the Broadway hit drama, Duel of Angels.


Furse's portrait of his wife, Margaret, an Academy Award-winning costume designer, is included in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Ralph Furse's sister was actress Judith Furse.

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