Film editor Fred A. Chulack died Oct. 31 in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He had been suffering from Shy-Drager disease for many years. He was 77.
He was a member of the Board of Governors of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a past president of the Motion Picture Editors guild. During his tenure as president, the guild chose to negotiate its collective bargaining agreement separate from other IATSE locals, obtaining groundbreaking raises for editors.
Born in Los Angeles, in 1953, Chulack joined his brother William in St. Louis at Chulack Prods., a producer of industrial films and commercials. Returning to California, he began working at Universal Studios, and was assistant editor on Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” in 1960.
His film and TV editing credits include “The Out-of-Towners,” “The Last Hard Men,” “A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich” and the mini-series “The Blue and the Gray,” for which he shared an Eddie Award. He also worked for several seasons on “Hawaii 5-0.”
Chulack is survived by his wife Marilyn and his son Andrew, a film editor.