Mon, 07/08/2024

Remembering William Klages

William Klages

We are sad to learn that lighting designer William Klages has passed away at the age of 97. He began his work in the early days of television, on shows including Playwrights ’56, The Perry Como Show, and Kraft Music Hall. He went on to decades of work in television on series, specials with stars like Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton, as well as major live events. He was the winner of seven Emmy awards and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012.

Below are some selections from his 2001 interview:

On becoming a lighting director at NBC:

On what a lighting designer does:

On advice for aspiring lighting designers:

Watch William Klages’ full interview and read his obituary on Live Design Online.