×

Editor Peter E. Berger dies

Was Oscar nominated for 'Fatal Attraction'

Film and TV editor Peter E. Berger, who was Oscar nominated for his work on “Fatal Attraction” and cut several films in the “Star Trek” film franchise as well as “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” died Sept. 22 in Calabasas, Calif., after a long battle with leukemia. He was 67.

Berger’s long list of credits include “Mommie Dearest,” “Less Than Zero” and “Coach Carter,” as well as “Star Trek” pics “IV: The Voyage Home,” “V: The Final Frontier, “Generations” and “Insurrection.”

The editor worked repeatedly with director Thomas Carter, who helmed the 2005 Samuel L. Jackson film “Coach Carter.”

Berger began in the business as an assistant editor on films including “The Devil’s Rain” in the early ’70s. His first credits as editor included the animal-star documentary “It’s Showtime,” telepic “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,” “The Promise” and “Oh God! Part II.”

In addition to “Mommie Dearest,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Less Than Zero,” Berger’s ’80s efforts included Christopher Reeve starrer “Monsignor”; “First Monday in October”; “Memories of Me,” with Billy Crystal; Diane Keaton starrer “The Good Mother”; and a host of telepics.

Popular on Variety

Later efforts included Kenneth Branagh’s film “Dead Again”; “Hocus Pocus”; Eddie Murphy starrer “Metro”; “Red Corner,” toplining Richard Gere; “Save the Last Dance,” with Julia Stiles; and “Clockstoppers.”

He cut the first film in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” franchise, released in 2007, and his last credit was on the 2009 TNT telepic “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.”

Berger’s father was film editor Fred Berger. He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and served at the Armed Forces Korean Network in Seoul. He attended film school at UCLA and started in the business at NBC, at first editing commercials into TV shows.

Berger is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a son and a daughter; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place in Vista, Calif., on Oct. 29. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

More Film

  • Oona Chaplin

    Film News Roundup: Oona Chaplin Starring in Horror Movie 'Lullaby'

    In today’s film news roundup, Oona Chaplin is starring in a horror movie, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will honor Sharon Stone, FuseFX expands, and “Let’s Scare Julie” and “Stray” get distribution. CASTING Oona Chaplin will star in Alcon Entertainment’s horror feature “Lullaby,” based on the mythological figure Lilith. John R. Leonetti (“Annabelle”) is attached [...]

  • Donald Trump Parasite

    Trump Mocks 'Parasite' Best Picture Win: 'What the Hell Was That All About?'

    President Donald Trump took aim at “Parasite’s” historic Oscar wins at a Colorado rally on Thursday. “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked, prompting jeers from the crowd. “Did you see it?” “The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?” he went on. “We got [...]

  • Jack Gordon obit

    Jack Gordon, Former MGM International Distribution Head, Dies at 90

    Jack Gordon, a former president of MGM International Distribution, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. He was 90. Gordon was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1929. He was the son of the Oscar-winning composer-lyricist Mack Gordon. Following his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean [...]

  • Nine Days Variety Sundance Studio

    ‘Nine Days’ Star Winston Duke Weighs His ‘Social Responsibility’ to Black Men When Choosing Roles

    Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz and Bill Skarsgård might be known for their roles in blockbuster franchises like “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Deadpool” and “It,” but in their latest film “Nine Days,” the actors collaborated on something a little less flashy, but emotionally impactful. Assembling in Variety’s Sundance Studio, presented by AT&T, ahead of [...]

  • Tom Harper

    'Aeronauts' Filmmaker Tom Harper to Direct Romance 'Forever' for MGM (EXCLUSIVE)

    MGM has attached “The Aeronauts” director Tom Harper to its romance “Forever” — a project that’s been in development at the studio for eight decades. Jonathan Glickman is producing “Forever,” based on a romantic novella by Mildred Cram (“Love Affair”), which focuses on two lovers from the past who are reincarnated in the modern world. [...]

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber's 'Cupid' Movie Adds 'Greatest Showman' Director Michael Gracey as Exec Producer

    “The Greatest Showman” director Michael Gracey is joining the production team of Justin Bieber’s animated film “Cupid.” The pop superstar will voice the titular Roman god and executive produce the Mythos Studios movie, directed by Pete Candeland. Black List writer Mike Vukadinovich (Hulu’s “The Runaways”) has also been hired to write the script. “Cupid” marks [...]

  • Premature

    'Premature': Film Review

    There’s poetry in “Premature” — literally, if not always cinematically. Zora Howard, a spoken word artist and sometime actor who reunites with director Rashaad Ernesto Green for his second feature (they collaborated more than a decade earlier on a short of the same name), plays Ayanna, a tentatively romantic Harlem teenager navigating a relationship for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content