Thomas Ralph Fries

Emmy-nominated film editor and producer Thomas Ralph Fries, son of producer Charles W. Fries, died Sept. 10 at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks following a protracted cardiopulmonary illness. He was 47.

Receiving an Emmy nod for his editing on the 1981 telepic “Bitter Harvest,” Fries worked on such projects as “Dempsey,” “Memorial Day,” “Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction,” and the miniseries “The Word.” He also supervised the post-production for the miniseries “The Martian Chronicles.”

Other projects included work on “Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story,” “Twirl” and “Rumor of War.”

At Fries Entertainment, he served as VP, post-production, supervising all telepics, pilots, series and miniseries before being upped to VP, production, for Fries Theatrical. He produced such films as “Under Surveillance,” “The Right of the People,” “Starcrossed” and “Flowers in the Attic.”

He attended Cal Arts, searched scripts and novels for possible projects and provided coverage to producers, including “My Luke and I” about Lou Gehrig, and “Night Terror,” starring Valerie Harper.

In addition to his parents, Fries is survived by his wife, Debi; three daughters; four brothers; and three sisters.

Family suggests contributions be made in his name to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

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