Maurice “Moe” McEndree, producer-editor of John Cassavetes’ “Shadows” (1959) and “Faces” (1968), died Saturday, May 17, of leukemia in Carnation, Wash. He was 71.
He also appeared in Cassavetes’ “A Pair of Boots” (1962), “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958) and other pics as well as numerous TV shows in the 1950s-’60s including “Gunsmoke,” “The Virginian,” “Perry Mason,” etc.
Credits also include directing “Self-Portrait” in 1973, writing “Bunny Yeager’s Nude Las Vegas” in ’64, running the camera for “Faces,” and holding other production posts.
He was born on a Kansas farm and after completing college served in the Armed Forces. The GI Bill gave him an opportunity to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where one of his classmates was Marilyn Monroe.
It was about this time that he met Cassavetes, who as a young actor and aspiring director had ideas about making films in a different, more improvisational and emotional way. The result was “Shadows,” with Cassavetes directing and McEndree producing.
Later, their film “Faces” brought Cassavetes an Oscar nom for screenwriting, with Seymour Cassel and Lynn Arlen getting acting noms.
Well-known in the Topanga Canyon area of L.A. where he lived for years, he later moved to Nanimo, Vancouver Island, where he was active in civic matters and volunteer work while also fish farming. After that he moved to Washington State where other family lived. He also bought a small farm in Costa Rica adjacent a rain forest with the intent to work on its restoration with the help of a son and daughter.
He is survived by two sons, a daughter, a brother, a niece, two nephews and others.