Emmy winner Josef Erich von Stroheim, film and television sound editor and son of legendary silent film director-actor Erich von Stroheim, died March 22 of complications from lung cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 79.
L.A. native grew up in the celebrity atmosphere of Bel-Air, entered the film biz at age 17 as a still photographer for the MGM publicity department, and during World War II served as a combat photographer in Europe and the South Pacific. After the war, he spent time in occupied Japan, where he took photo subjects including Gen. Hideki Tojo.
As a sound editor, his film credits include “Carnal Knowledge,” “Day of the Dolphin,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” “A Star Is Born,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
His TV work ranged from early shows such as “The Cisco Kid,” “Wild Bill Hickock,” “The Real McCoys” and “The Untouchables” to “Wonder Woman” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”
He won Emmys for “QB VII” and “The Immortal” and garnered five Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards including “The Getaway,” “Three Days of the Condor” and TV’s “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” He was also a longtime member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild board.
He is survived by wife Harriet, two daughters and two grandchildren.