William H. “Bud” Hoffman, a film editor for Universal Studios for most of his career, died Nov. 2 in Midwest City, Okla., after a long illness. He was 81.
During his time at Universal, Hoffman spent five years working for Alfred Hitchcock. He was an assistant editor on “The Birds” and received screen credit for his work on the director’s “Tom Curtain.” Other feature-film credits include 1968’s “The Hellcats,” “Bigfoot” (1970) and “American Reunion” (1976).
Hoffman also did a considerable amount of work in television, serving as a film editor on mid-’60s animated sci-fier “Captain Fathom,” on the Rod Serling series “Night Gallery” and “McCloud.” He edited nine episodes of brief 1972 series “The Sixth Sense” and later worked on a number of telepics in the early 1970s: “She Cried Murder,” “The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping,” “Skyway to Death,” “Killdozer,” “A Cry in the Wilderness” and “Man on the Outside.”
Hoffman was born in San Diego. His 42 years in the film business were interrupted for two years when he served in the Navy.
Tired of California, he spent the last 10 years of his life in Oklahoma.
Hoffman is survived by his wife, Cary Randolph (Sheets) Hoffman; a daughter; and a son.