Leon Selditz

Leon Selditz, Emmy Award-winning film editor, died May 13 in Portland, Ore., of a stroke. Selditz, who had suffered a series of aneurysms since 1988, was 72.

Selditz began his career at age 16 in the Fox cutting room, working his way up to assistant editor on Fox features including “The Razor’s Edge.”

He served in the Marines during World War II.

Following the war, Selditz worked his way from features into TV, serving on various shows including “General Electric Theatre” starring Ronald Reagan.

Later, he was named supervising editor for Danny Thomas’ production company, editing the pilots of “The Andy Griffith Show” and the “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Survived by his wife, Dee; three sons, two grandchildren and a sister, Frances Selditz, who formerly served as Darryl F. Zanuck’s executive assistant.

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