Fredric “Fritz” Steinkamp, noted film editor whose multiple Oscar nominations included the 1967 film editing Academy Award for “Grand Prix,” died Feb. 20 of heart failure St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 74.
Steinkamp, who joined MGM as an apprentice cutter shortly after graduating high school, was the son of William Steinkamp, a longtime Fox employee who ran the studio’s camera and sound departments.
He assisted Adrienne Fazan at Metro on “Everything I Have Is Yours” in 1952 and continued as an assistant film editor working with numerous editors including Jack Dunning, Harold Kress and Ralph Winters until he became a full-fledged editor in 1960.
In addition to garnering an Oscar for “Grand Prix,” he was Oscar-nominated four more times for his editing work — on “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “Tootsie” and “Out of Africa.”
Additional credits included “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964) for which he was nominated for ACE Award, “Charly,” “Against All Odds,” “White Nights,” “Havana,” “The Firm” and “Sabrina.”
In 2001, he received the ACE Eddie career achievement in tribute to his film editing contribution.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet, two daughters, three sons, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.