Joseph A. Ippolito, a sound and dialogue editor who worked on numerous films, died March 30 of kidney failure in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 39.

Ippolito started his career in 1976, working with Douglas Trumbull on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

He was sound editor on many films over the past 18 years, including “Nightshift,” “Brainstorm,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

He worked on films for both Warner Bros. and Paramount, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Peewee’s Big Adventure,” “Above the Law,” “Cobra,” “Bird,” “The Dead Pool,” “Lethal Weapon II,” “White Hunter, Black Heart,” “Witness,” “Top Gun” and “The Addams Family.”

Ippolito was supervising sound editor on “School Ties,” “Fire in the Sky,” “Addams Family Values,” “Coneheads” and “Naked Gun 33 1/3.”

His credits also include supervising dialogue editor on “Beverly Hills Cop 3,” “Wayne’s World II,” “Star Trek VII,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Clear and Present Danger.”

At the time of his death he was working on Amblin’s “Bridges of Madison County.”

As well as receiving several nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors, he won the group’s Golden Reel Award in 1987 for his work on “Top Gun.”

Ippolito was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Editors Guild No. 776 since 1977.

He is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters.

Services were held in L.A. Family requests donations to AIDS Project Los Angeles, 1313 N. Vine St., Los Angeles; and AIDS Research Alliance, 621 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, Calif. 90069.