Frank M. Capacchione, 81, film editor, died Dec. 23 in L.A. of heart and respiratory disease.

Emigrating from Italy to Los Angeles when he was nine, Capacchione’s first job in the film industry was as a gate guard at MGM Studios.

Showing ambition and talent, he eventually worked his way into the film editing department at Metro.

A member of the Arthur Freed Unit for eight years, Capacchione worked as a film editor on many musicals, including “Girl Crazy,””Meet Me in St. Louis, “”Ziegfeld Follies,””Til the Clouds Roll By” and “Easter Parade.” He also worked at Hal Roach Studios, Warner Bros., Fox and Paramount.

Segueing to television while it was still in its embryonic stage, he worked as an editor on “The Lone Ranger” eventually compiling a list of TV credits including “Wild, Wild West,””Hawaii Five-O,””Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch.”

Capacchione received a Golden Scissors award for his work on “The Longest Yard.”

He is survived by a daughter, two sisters, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were held at Calvary Cemetery on Dec. 30. The family requests that donations be sent in Frank Capacchione’s name to: Motion Picture & Television Fund, 23300 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

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