William Reynolds

Academy Award-winning film editor William Reynolds, who enjoyed a 60-year career in moviemaking, died July 23 in South Pasadena of cancer. He was 87.

His editing of “The Sound of Music” and “The Sting” won him two Oscars. He edited and co-edited 80 films ranging from science fiction classics such as “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to musicals “Carousel,” “Hello Dolly” and “South Pacific.”

He also edited “The Godfather.”

“William Reynolds was a true perfectionist, one who left his mark on an industry to which he gave so much,” said “The Sound of Music’s” Julie Andrews.

“Reynolds made a major contribution to the success of the film,” director Francis Ford Coppola said of the editor’s work on “The Godfather.”

Born in Elmira, N.Y., in 1910, Reynolds graduated from Princeton U. in 1933. He got a job as a stage prop handler at 20th Century Fox and moved into the editing room in 1935. During World War II, he was assigned to the Army’s filmmaking unit, where he directed, edited and produced training films.

He returned to Hollywood in 1947.

Reynolds is survived by a cousin.

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