Robert A. Burns

Robert A. Burns

SEGUIN, TEX.--Robert A. Burns, whose talents as art director, film designer, director and actor contributed to such films as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Howling," died June 1st at his home here. MSTies will recall his work as art director on the 1982 film "Time Walker," which was featured in its re-edited version in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET. He was 60.

He was believed to be suffering from terminal kidney cancer and reportedly took his own life. He left a farewell message to friends and fans at his Web site: (Warning: The rest of his site, while a fascinating look into Burns' life and work, is not entirely G-rated.)

Burns, a lifelong Texan (though he had a few extended visits to California), held a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Before his film work, he had careers in commercial art, advertising and journalism. He also produced a video about genealogy, entitled "Out of Your Tree! Crazy About Genealogy."

In recent years, he was involved in local restoration projects near his home.

For more information on his recent activities, and reactions from friends and neighbors, the obituary in his home town newspaper can be found here: