Stephen A. Hope, music editor, died Sunday, June 9 of heart and renal failure at St. Joesph’s Hospital in Burbank, CA, he was 71.
Hollywood native, the youngest child of Oscar-winning art director Fredric Hope (“The Merry Widow”), was a Cal State Long Beach alum and Air Force vet when he started his entertainment career as a film editor at Desilu Studios in the 1950s and there met his future bride, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hughes.
He went on to enjoy a career as a music editor for motion pictures and television, working on such pics as “The Right Stuff,” “The Karate Kid,” “Harry and Tonto,” “Carbon Copy,” “Mr. Mom” and “Animal House” as well as television shows including “Remington Steele,” “Kojak” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”
An accomplished musician since the age of 4, he played violin for the Beverly Hills Baby Orchestra and as a trombone player, he played gigs in jazz festivals and nightclubs until recently.
He also had his own music editorial company, Unlimited Hope, which took him to various parts of the world, recording with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and the Boston Pops.
He worked with such composers as Henry Mancini, Bill Conti, Lalo Shifrin and David Benoit.
In retirement, he continued to travel and on each trip took one of his many instruments, jamming with local bands in pubs and clubs.
He was a member of the Acad of Motion Picture Arts &Sciences, the Motion Pictures Editors Guild and the American Federation of Musicians.
Survivors include his daughter, talent exec Stephenie-M. Hope, his son, entertainment concept designer Christian H. Hope; daughter-in-law Colette Chagouri, an entertainment architect; a son-in-law, Michael Henry; two grandsons; and his sister, Marcia Young.
He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years and his brother, art director Fredric P. Hope.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday June 21 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W Slauson Ave., Culver City.
Donations can be made to the Young Musicians Foundation, 195 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90212.