He met his wife, actress Aurore Clément, on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979), but her role was cut out of the original theatrical release. It was restored when the Redux version was released in 2001.
As of 2020, he has contributed with the production design of five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Godfather Part III (1990). The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) are winners in the category. As an art director, he contributed with the nominated Bonnie and Clyde (1967).