RIP Herbert Strabel. Herbert Strabel, the Berlin-born art director and set designer who won an Academy Award for his work on the Liza Minnelli classic Cabaret, has died. He was 90. Born in Berlin, Germnay on October 14, 1927, Strabel died October 21 in a nursing home in Holzkirchen, Bavaria Germany. Strabel was art director on the Delbert Mann drama Night Crossing (1982), which starred John Hurt in the true story of families attempting to escape East Germany in a hot air balloon. Two years later, he teamed with Wolfgang Petersen on the fantasy adventure The NeverEnding Story. His lone Euro-western was for 1972’s “The Cry of the Black Wolves” starring Ron Ely and Raimund Harmstorf.