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Arthur Schmidt dies at 85. He was the editor of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Forrest Gump'

Arthur Schmidt, the esteemed film editor who earned two Academy Awards during his illustrious career, has passed away at the age of 86. His remarkable collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis spanned an impressive array of 10 films, showcasing his exceptional talents. Schmidt's cinematic journey came to an end on Saturday, as he peacefully departed at his residence in Santa Barbara. The exact cause of his passing remains undisclosed, as shared by his brother Ron Schmidt with The Hollywood Reporter.


Arthur Robert Schmidt had a source of inspiration close to heart for embarking on his journey as a film editor. The seeds of his passion were nurtured by none other than his own father, Arthur P. Schmidt: he received two Oscar nominations and left an indelible mark with his most known works Sunset Blvd. (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), Sabrina (1954), Sayonara (1957), and Some Like It Hot (1959.


Arthur Schmidtlent his expert touch to several significant productions, leaving an enduring legacy. Schmidt's craftsmanship extended beyond his partnership with Zemeckis, encompassing his contributions to notable works such as three films by Mike Nichols — The Fortune (1975), The Birdcage (1996), and Primary Colors (1998). Additionally, he lent his creative prowess to two films directed by Michael Apted — Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), which earned him his initial Oscar nomination, and Firstborn (1984). Over a span of four decades, Schmidt's portfolio encompassed a diverse range of projects, including Marathon Man (1976), Jaws 2 (1978), Ruthless People (1986), Beaches (1988), The Rocketeer (1991), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Congo (1995), and a notable involvement in refining the inaugural Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2003.


In a candid interview conducted in 2014, Schmidt reflected on his partnership with Zemeckis, describing it as an organic and effortless fusion of talents. "He's a brilliant writer and always very involved in the scripts of his films," Schmidt noted. "He's wonderful directing actors and great in the editing room. We always seemed to be in sync."


Arthur Schmidt's passing leaves a void in the world of film editing, but his contributions will forever be etched in cinematic history.



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