Effects Maven

Award-winning sound effects supervisor, film editor and producer Anthony (Tony) Magro died Nov. 17 of pneumonia at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 81 and had been a resident of the MPTF retirement community since November 2000.

With a film and television career spanning more than 40 years, Magro worked primarily at 20th Century Fox, Desilu, Paramount, Columbia, the Jim Troutman & Associates post-production house, Chaplin Studios and Universal.

From 1987 to 1991 he served as associate producer of Universal’s “Murder She Wrote” TV series.

His TV series credits also include “Magnum P.I.,” “Morning Star/Evening Star,” “The Addams Family” and “Columbo.”

In 1983 he received an Emmy for outstanding sound effects in a limited series or special, for “Executioner’s Song.”

His feature film work included “The Last Remake of Beau Geste,” “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Fighting Mad” for producer Roger Corman.

He was nominated for a Golden Reel in 1974 for sound effects achievement in the Universal feature film “Earthquake.”

Boston native served in World War II as a U.S. Army paratrooper.

He is survived by wife Doris; a daughter and a son-in-law; a grandson; and a sister.

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