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George B. Hively


Film and TV editor George Hively, A.C.E., died Feb. 7 due to complications from pneumonia in San Pedro, Calif. He was 73.

His career began as an assistant on the “Perry Mason” television series in 1957-1966.

An an editor, he cut feature films including “Blame It On Rio,” “The Longest Yard,” “Lucky Lady,” “Deadhead Miles” and “Movie, Movie.” He had a longtime collaboration with director Stanley Donen. He was an editor on Woody Allen’s “Love And Death” and edited “Friday the 13th Part III” and TV shows including “Hart to Hart” and “Shades of L.A.” He served as a staff editor for Sony Pictures for the last 14 years.

“He was one of the few editors who mastered both film and digital, the latter of which he taught himself,” said James L. Honore, exec. V.P., post production for Sony.

Hively was part of a showbiz family that included his father, George C. Hively, a writer and film editor and his brother, TV director Jack Hively.

He served as an officer of the board of directors of American Cinema Editors and was a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Geraldine, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

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