Film veteran won a BAFTA for 'Baker Boys'

Sound editor Paul Huntsman died Feb. 21 in Glendale,Calif., of brain cancer. He was 55.

A memorial celebration will be held at Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank on March 24 at 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Huntsman graduated from the U. of Utah and then spent two years in the Peace Corps.

He began his career in film in Salt Lake City, Utah at Schick Sun Classic, where he worked projects including the television series “Grizzly Adams.”

After moving to Southern California, he worked with director Michael Mann on “Thief” and “Manhunter” and was associate producer on Mann’s television series “Crime Story.” Other films he worked on early in his career include “Personal Best,” “The Hotel New Hampshire,” “The Karate Kid,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” In 1986 he began work at Todd A-O Studios where he was promoted to supervising sound editor.

At Todd A-O some of his film credits included “Major League,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” for which he won a BAFTA in 1991, “Scent of a Woman,” “The Firm,” “Blue Chips,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Grumpier Old Men” and “Havana.”

In 1996 he was hired as supervising sound editor for Warner Bros. Studios, where he helped convert the sound editing department from analog to digital-based systems. At Warner Bros., his credits included “The Thin Red Line,” “Pay It Forward,” “K-Pax,” “The Illusionist” and “Don King: Only In America” for which he received an Emmy nomination.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, he was elected in 2002 to its Board of Governors.

He is survived by his wife Jessica Gallavan, a sound editor; a stepson; his mother and father; a brother and a sister.

Donations may be made to the Brain Tumor Society, http://www.braintumorsociety.org.

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