George E. Swink, longtime film editor, associate producer and post-production supervisor, died Friday in Mission Viejo, Calif., of heart failure after a second heart surgery. He was 81.
Rocky Ford, Colo., native and his five siblings — including future award-winning editor Robert Swink — attended North Hollywood High. Upon the attack at Pearl Harbor, he joined the war effort and served in the Navy as a flight radioman for most of the war, getting wounded twice and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Once he entered the editing and production biz, he worked closely with Irwin Allen on many TV and film projects as an editor and/or post-production supervisor.
Films he worked on include “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,” “The Swarm,” “Viva Knievel!,” “The Towering Inferno” and “The Best Man,”
TV credits include “City Beneath the Sea,” “Land of the Giants,” “Aliens From Another Planet,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” all-star “Alice in Wonderland,” “Code Red,” “Flood!,” Cave-In!,” etc.
Associate producer credits came on “Outrage” and “City Beneath the Sea” for TV, and features “When Time Ran Out” and “The Story of Mankind.”
He retired in 1986.
Swink is survived by wife Shirley, a son, four grandsons, a brother and two sisters.
There will be no services, but donations can be to giver’s choice of charities in his name, particularly Alzheimer’s or diabetes orgs.