Gene Fowler, Jr., an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning editor and director, perhaps best remembered for helming the 1957 cult classic “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” died May 11 of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 80.
During his career, Fowler edited and directed more than 100 films and TV series. In 1963 he was nominated for an Oscar for “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World,” and he received a Golden Globe for “Wall Of Fire.”
Fowler also garnered a film-editing Emmy nomination for “The Glass House” (1972), and he won Emmys for “The Waltons” (1973) and “The Blue Knight” (1974).
Fowler served two terms as president of the American Cinema Editors organization, and in 1965-66 he won their “Eddie” Award.
After moving to Southern California in 1935, he studied at USC and eventually began editing at Twentieth Century Fox. His first feature was the 1943 Henry Fonda film “The Ox-Bow Incident.”
Fowler also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Special Services during World War II.He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a son, Gene Nunnally; a daughter, Martha; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.