Film editor Fima Noveck died March 30 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 86.
Noveck’s editing credits include films such as “Swept Away,” “Love and Anarchy” and “Blood Feud.”
Known as “the film doctor” for his ability to recut foreign films for Stateside auds and to rescue troubled pictures, he reworked “Blood Couple” and finished editing “Upon This Rock” from his hospital bed after a bicycle accident.
Born in Yaroslavl, Russia, Noveck immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 when he was 29. Once in New York, Noveck pursued a career in filmmaking. In 1963 he directed and produced “Reflections of New York,” which earned him a DGA award nom.
In the 1980s Noveck moved from New York to Los Angeles, where he ran post-production for several different companies, including Trans World Entertainment, Epic and Spelling Films.
He also worked as a character actor in films such as “Nixon,” “The Bodyguard” and “McHale’s Navy,” as well as in television series such as “ER.” Just before his death, Noveck finished filming his last role, playing a part in Steven Eckleberry’s upcoming drama “The Mirror.”He is survived by his wife, France; son Gregory, senior VP of creative affairs at DC Comics; another son; two sisters and a brother; and four grandchildren.
A memorial will be held April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Directors Guild, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.