Stanley Frazen, former editors guild prexy, dies at 91

Worked in TV beginning in 1950s

Stanley Frazen, former president of the American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the editor on numerous TV shows beginning in the 1950s, died Jan. 23. He was 91.

During the 1950s, Frazen was post-production supervisor and supervising editor at McCadden Prods., working on series including “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” “I Married Joan,” “The Bob Cummings Show” and “The Jack Benny Show.”

Frazen began directing commercials, which led to the formation of his own production company and the production of the 1961 feature “Man-Trap,” starring Jeffrey Hunter and David Janssen, for Paramount.

From the 1960s through the ’80s, he edited episodes of TV shows including “My Favorite Martian,” “The Monkees,” “Get Smart,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Columbo” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He was an editor on some low-budget films as well as on “Young Doctors in Love” and “Milagro Beanfield War.”

Born in Chicago, Frazen moved with his mother to Los Angeles and worked as a messenger at Warner Bros at age 18. During WWII he enlisted in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Corps, which launched his film editing career.

Frazen was president of the American Cinema Editors from 1968-70 and on the ACE board from 1965-70. He was president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild in 1979 and an MPEG board member for 23 years.

He won an ACE careeer achievement award in 2001.

His last editing credit was an episode of the TV series “Masquerade” in 1984.

Frazen is survived by his wife, Diane; two daughters, Nancy, an editor at Disney, and Marcy; a son, Robert, also an editor; and four grandchildren, Griffin (“Grounded for Life”), an actor, Matty, Spencer and Amy.

Donations may be made to the Motion Picture Home.

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