Fred Berger, a film and television editor who earned an Emmy Award in 1975 for his work on TV’s “M.A.S.H.,” died of natural causes at his home in Westwood May 23. He was 94.
His career spanned nearly 60 years, starting at Paramount Pictures in 1943 where he worked on the Hopalong Cassidy western “False Colors.”
In all, he edited about 40 movies and was nominated for an Academy Award for working on “The Hot Rock,” a 1972 comedy starring Robert Redford and George Segal.
Among his other credits were editing the first four years of “Gunsmoke” and 11 years on “Death Valley Days” and “MASH” from 1972 to 1976. He also edited 104 episodes of “Dallas,” including his last piece of work, the TV movie “Dallas: J.R. Returns” in 1996.
Berger was an original member of the Editors Guild and a founding member and past president of the American Cinema Editors. In 1997, he received the Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances; a son, film editor Peter E. Berger of Calabasas; a daughter, Patricia Wood of Los Angeles; a brother, Edward of Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.