David Snyder

David L. Snyder (born September 22, 1944) is a film and television production designer. He has worked as an art director, producer, and assistant director on films including Blade Runner, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, The Whole Nine Yards, and the television programs Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Battlestar Galactica. He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on Blade Runner at the 55th Academy Awards.[1] The film won the BAFTA for Production Design in 1983.[2]

David L. Snyder
Born (1944-09-22) September 22, 1944 (age 76)
Buffalo, New York, United States
OccupationFilm production designer, art director, producer


Snyder was born in Buffalo, New York and attended the Technical High School there where he became interested in film work, creating the 1959 Tech High Musical Revue there.[3] Twenty years later, he became the assistant art director for the 50th Academy Awards, having spent time as an architectural designer, toy designer and musician. Universal Studios then appointed Snyder as Art Director for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Galactica and The Incredible Hulk. In 1982, Snyder worked with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner,[4][5] for which he shared an Academy Award nomination with production designer Lawrence G. Paull.[1]

Snyder has worked on over 30 films in all,[6] and is a member of The Directors Guild of America, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Art Directors Guild.

Personal life

Snyder married his second wife, actress Terry Finn, on August 1, 1990 and the couple have a son Finn Henry.[7] His eldest son, David Michael, is the Director of Corporate Sales for The Milwaukee Bucks basketball team[8] and his daughter Amy L. Taylor is a film/TV make-up artist.


  1. "The 55th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  2. "BAFTA Awards: Production Design in 1983". BAFTA.org. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  3. "David L. Snyder Aether interview". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. "Details of Blade Runner". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. "Variety: Unloved Film That Became A Classic". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. "David L. Snyder design perspective". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. "Encyclopedia[dot]com listing". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. "Milwaukee Bucks Staff & Executives". Retrieved 12 September 2017.