Thomas C. Warren
February 16, 1949 – September 14, 2019
Thomas C. Warren February 16, 1949 - September 14, 2019.
Thomas C. Warren died at age 70 on September 14, 2019, after a long illness. Born in Los Angeles, California on February 16, 1949, Tom spent his early childhood on a family farm in Bellingham, Washington. His fond memories of those farm days set the tone for his grounded approach to life and love of nature. Tom’s family relocated to southern California in the late 1950’s. After graduating from UCLA in 1971, Tom found his way to New York City where he became a theater set designer. That work segued into a career as an art director and a draftsman for numerous feature films and television, but he always considered theater to be his true calling. Tom first met his wife Linda in the fifth grade. An encounter at their 20th year high school reunion in California led Tom and Linda to over thirty years of a joy filled marriage. After a few years in New York City, they settled in Scarsdale, New York where they raised their two daughters, Emma and Annalise.
Tom was a skilled artist and draftsman, and loved his profession. He was also an avid gardener, voracious reader, dedicated ballroom dancer, physical fitness devotee, music lover, and inspired chef. Relentlessly inquisitive, he studied how things were invented, engineered, and constructed, and spent hours on his own home workshop projects. Enthusiasm for life, curiosity, a wry sense of humor, integrity, fundamental decency, and devotion to his family defined Tom. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Linda, his beloved daughters, Emma and Annalise, and his cherished siblings and their spouses--sister Katie Buchanan and her husband, Larry, sister Paula Doocy and her husband, John, sister Thelma Warren, and brother Don Warren and his wife Irene--as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be deeply missed by all.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation or to a charity of your choice. This is the link to Lustgarten Foundation donation page in memory of Tom:
- The Lustgarten Foundation
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Thomas C. Warren
September 27, 2019
I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I worked with Thom on Season 1 of The Deuce for HBO, and he was always so even-tempered and calm in a sometimes hectic industry. Thom was also a rarity among Art Directors of his generation, as when computer drafting took over from hand-drafting, he taught himself the new technology and was always eager and engaged with the younger Draftspeople to learn new tricks and improve his skills. He was clearly interested in always continuing to learn and expand his knowledge of the world in general. He kept a dictionary on his desk and instigated many lively discussions about the origins of words and phrases in our office, discussions which helped to break up the routine of our days and expand our knowledge as well. He will be greatly missed.
September 24, 2019
I worked with Tom on Woody Allen 1999-2001 and it was always a pleasure - not least because of his arid (and hilarious) sense of humor, but also his relentless calm and cool professionalism. I never saw Tom lose his head, his temper, or raise his voice. Tom's decency and devotion to his family set him apart in an industry that sometimes seemed to value neither. My sincere condolences for this terrible loss.
September 21, 2019
The summer of 1976 I was just about to go to Grad School in Design and paying for it by working as the "supervising designer" at Atlanta Theater of the Stars (summer theater), reproducing the scenery from 6 tours that didn't have the time to get their productions up in Atlanta between the Dallas and Florida stops. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Tom by Lester Polakov and hired him as my scenic artist. In reality, we were both supervising the crews stretching and repainting old gigantic drops in a huge quonset hut in Chastain park. It was hot, nasty work. We both needed money, so had the brilliant idea that we would live together to save as much as we could. The first apartment we found was so cockroach ridden that we had to move, the second was a flea bag hotel. Being slightly obsessive I worked Tom and the crew incredibly long days, and since I wouldn't join the union until the month I got back didn't really understand humane hours. I think we ate at Denny's every day, and suffered through the Georgia humidity together. Tom and I got to know each other pretty well, and although things started well enough, and I thoroughly enjoyed him, by the end of the summer he was so pissed off at my long work days that he wasn't talking to me and we left without saying goodbye.
It wasn't until at least 18 years later that we worked together again. That summer never came up.
I think we've worked on at least 5 or 6 projects since then and had great times, and I've called and asked him to work with me more times than that. I respected his opinion on everything. His drafting was fantastically detailed, and there was always something to chuckle about. Our familiarity and friendship had continued despite that summer. I'm shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, and my fondest thoughts are with his family and circle of friends, who knew him as I did, a funny, loving, and talented artist, husband, and father. Andrew Jackness, NYC
September 19, 2019
Lili and I are so sorry to hear this news. His loss will be felt by many, many other people -- a who's who of our industry -- who have had the good fortune to know and to have worked with Tom over the years.
Jonathan and Lili Arkin