Former Hollywood Art Director and Set Designer Dies After Crashing Into Tow Truck On I-80

Former Hollywood art director Charles Cirigliano of Nantucket, Massachusetts was killed after losing control of his vehicle near Quealy Dome on Interstate 80 on Saturday.

Jimmy Orr

February 08, 20232 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

A former Hollywood art director and set designer was killed in a collision on Interstate 80 near Quealy Dome on Saturday.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said 79-year-old Charles Cirigliano of Nantucket, Massachusetts, ran into a parked tow truck which had stopped to administer assistance to a commercial truck driver who was involved in a prior crash.

A highway patrolman was speaking to the tow truck driver at the time Cirigliano lost control of his 2017 Ford Transit van and the trooper sustained minor injuries.

Cirigliano was wearing his seat belt and succumbed to injuries sustained at the crash scene.

Cirigliano had a long career in Hollywood and New York before moving to Nantucket where he founded The Original Nantucket Bagg Co., a shop that creates bags for carpenters, chefs and other trades.

According to his biography, the design of his bags “was excellent not only for woodworkers, but also for plumbers, electricians, working artists, installers and technicians.”

Some of Cirigliano’s credits in the film world include: “Malcolm X,” “Micky Blue Eyes,” “Atlantic City” and the 1970 production of “Woodstock.”

This is the 16th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2023 compared to 4 in 2022, 14 in 2021, and 5 in 2020. 

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Jimmy Orr

Executive Editor

A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.