He was Oscar-nommed for 'Competition'

Editor David Blewitt, who cut such 1980s blockbusters as “Ghostbusters,” died of complications from Parkinson’s disease July 8 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 81.

Blewitt’s love of showbiz started early when, at age 15, he worked as an usher at L.A.’s Orpheum Theater. Later, following a stint in the Air Force as an aerial reconnaissance photographer, he returned to Hollywood to work as a cinematographer in such TV series as “Hollywood and the Stars,” and “The World of Animals” during the 1960s.

He segued from there to editing at David Wolper Prods., mostly cutting docs such as “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” “That’s Entertainment,” “That’s Entertainment II,” ” Movin’ With Nancy” and “Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front.”

Besides “Ghostbusters,” his other major feature credits included the 1972 Goldie Hawn starrer “Butterflies Are Free,” 1980′s Richard Dreyfuss/Amy Irving toplined “The Competition” and 1978′s “The Buddy Holly Story.”

“Over the next three decades, Dad had his dream job and loved every minute of it,” said his daughter, Risa Bastien, also a film editor. Blewitt was so passionate about editing that his license plate read “ICUTPIX.”

Blewitt earned an Oscar nomination for “The Competition,” was nommed for Emmy and won two ACE Eddies besides receiving a lifetime kudo from the American Cinema Editors.

Along with his daughter, survivors include his wife, Ann; and a granddaughter.

No services are planned. Donations may be made to Pet Orphans of Southern California at petorphansfund.org or 7720 Gloria Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406.

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