Richard Jay Shorr

Richard Jay Shorr, Cesar-winning and Oscar- and Emmy-nommed sound designer and sound editor for film and TV, died Aug. 13 of melanoma at his home in Paris. He was 58.

A graduate of the London Intl. Film School, Shorr wrote and directed his first American film, “Witches Brew,” in 1979, starring Richard Benjamin.

Shorr switched to sound editing in the early 1980s and garnered an Emmy nomination for the 1983 TV film “The Day After” and received an Oscar nom for “Die Hard” in 1988.

A sampling of his other credits include “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985), “Poltergeist III” (1988), “Night Game” (1989), “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Highway to Hell” (1992).

Shorr moved to Paris in 1994 and helped develop the concept of sound design for numerous French films including “Farinelli: il Castrato” (1994), for which he won the Prix Cesar Award, “La Cible” and “Marquise.”

Shorr, a longtime member of the Editor’s Guild and the Director’s Guild of America, is survived by his wife, Catherine, a daughter and his parents.

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