Veteran film and TV editor Walter Hannemann died April 29 of natural causes at his home in San Marcos, Calif. He was 88.
Editor of such films as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Al Capone,” Hannemann spliced 38 motion pictures and worked on such TV series as “The Fugitive,” “12 O’Clock High,” “The Avengers,” and “Cannon” during his career, which spanned more than 40 years. During that time he also served as an official of industry orgs ACE, AMPAS and ATAS.
He began in the shipping room at MGM part-time while still in high school. After graduating from USC, Hannemann joined the sound editing department at Paramount. His interest shifted to film editing in 1944 and then into television work, which reached its peak in the mid-1960s.
In addition to serving multiple terms on the board of the American Cinema Editors, Hannemann served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He is survived by a daughter, a son and one grandchild.