Murray Spivac

Sound mixer for movies like 'Kong'

A memorial tribute to sound mixer Murray Spivack will be held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Spivack, who was 90 when he died in May, founded the RKO Pictures sound department and achieved early acclaim for his work on “King Kong.” He later spent 17 years with 20th Century Fox, where he handled musical scoring and re-recording.

For the last 17 years of his career, until he retired in 1972, Spivack worked as an independent music-scoring and re-recording mixer, and was in charge of the sound on “Oklahoma!,””South Pacific,””West Side Story,””Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “My Fair Lady,” among others.

Louis Bellson, Robert Wise, Linwood Dunn and Gary Rydstrom will speak at the tribute. For more information, call Don Rogers at (818) 954-2515.

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