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Warner E. Leighton

Film editor

Film editor Warner E. Leighton died in Cambria, Calif. March 20. He was 74.

Leighton began his career as sound editor on the first Cinerama production “South Seas Adventure” and then moved to cutting TV cartoons, including “The Flintstones,” “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear” and “Secret Squirrel. ”

He edited the original “Gone in 60 Seconds” and several other films for H.B. Halicki including “The Junkman.” He returned to sound editing in 1987 for Robert Townsend’s “Hollywood Shuffle.” He also edited Burt Kennedy Westerns “Once Upon a Texas Train” and “Where the Hell’s That Gold?” before retiring to Durango, Colo.

Leighton is survived by his wife, Margaret (P.J.) Webb; two daughters and a grandson.

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