Sound editor worked on 'Apollo 13,' 'Beetlejuice'

Warren Hamilton, a sound editor who worked on more than 53 features, died Aug. 17 in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 76.

Hamilton was the sound editor on a range of features, including “Apollo 13,” “Twister,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Total Recall,” “Beetlejuice” and “Batman Returns.”

Born in Los Angeles, Hamilton got his start in the biz as an actor, appearing in small roles in such pics as “The Blackboard Jungle.” After a stint in the Army, he earned a B.A. from UCLA and began working as a story editor for Warner Bros. in 1960.

Hamilton worked on such series “77 Sunset Strip,” “Bourbon Street Beat” and “Cheyenne” while at Warners, leaving in 1962 to join “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” He later worked for Disney.

In 1969, Hamilton co-wrote the docu short “An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer,” which earned an Oscar nom.

By the late 1970s, after a decade of story editing and writing for various low-budget films, Hamilton segued into sound editing full time.

He won three Golden Reel Awards for his work with sound effects and editing on “Oliver & Company,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Speed.”

Hamilton was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was a past president of Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild.

He is survived by his son Craig, who is a copyright administrator for Warner Bros., and a daughter, Jenene , who works for screenplay clearance firm Marshall Plumb Associates.

Donations can be made to the AMPAS Foundation and the Motion Picture Television Fund Volunteer Guild.

—Katie Kravit

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