David Bretherton, film editor of note and winner of the 1972 Academy Award for “Cabaret,” died May 11 at the John Douglas French Center in Los Angeles of pneumonia following a lengthy illness. He was 76.
A native of Los Angeles, he enlisted in the Air Force at the end of World War II and followed his film director father into the biz. In 1954 he edited his first film, “An Affair to Remember” and subsequently worked with such directors as Raoul Walsh, George Stevens, Vincent Minelli and John Frankenheimer.
Considered a “director’s editor,” Bretherton edited more than features, including “Peyton Place” (1957), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959), “Silver Streak” (1976), “Caddy Shack” (1980), “Sea of Love” (1989) and “City Hall” (1996).
Presented with the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 1995, he had a solid reputation as a “film doctor,” often quietly re-editing certain “trouble” films into successful movies.
He is survived by his wife, Elyane, also a film editor, and two daughters.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 10 am at the All Saint’s Episcopal Church, in Beverly Hills.