'Happy Days' vet was actor, director, editor

Actor, director and TV editor Ed Cotter, who won an Emmy for editing “Happy Days,” died Feb. 16 in Torrance, Calif. He was 80.

Cotter edited “Happy Days” for more than nine years, winning his Emmy in 1978 for the episode “Richie Almost Dies.” He also worked as an editor on “Laverne and Shirley,” “Dear John,” “Family Matters” and several TV movies.

He later became a librarian for Paramount, overseeing film and television archive.

Born in Boston, he served with the Marine Corps in Korea. Returning to the U.S., he took theater classes and began getting roles in regional productions, soon becoming a member of Actor’s Equity.

After moving to Los Angeles, he began directing local theater and then apprenticed as an editor at Paramount.

He continued to act in theaters in the South Bay area of Los Angeles including Long Beach Civic Light Opera and the Kentwood Players as well as directing plays and musicals including “Death of a Salesman” and “Cabaret.”

His 2002 production of “Blood Brothers” for Kentwood Players was eventually moved to the Knightsbridge Theater in Los Angeles for an extended run.

He is survived by a two sons, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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