Oscar-winning film editor Tom Rolf dies at 83

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LOS ANGELES – Tom Rolf, who won an Oscar award for work editing 1983 space epic, Right Stuff, has died aged 83.

In a career spanning four decades, respected editor worked on over 40 films.

credits included Michael Mann’ Heat, Robert Redford’ Horse Whisperer, and Martin Scorsese’ Taxi Driver, for which he won a Bafta nomination.

He won a career achievement award the American Cinema Editors in 2003.

Born in 1931 in Stockholm, Sweden, Rolf was a Ski patrolman and a seaman for the Norwegian Merchant Marine before emigrating the U.. and entering the entertainment industry.

He was given career guidance by step-father, Jack Donohue — a choreographer and director at MGM — who advised him go into the cutting room.

hire me because they know that ’m going put in a full day.


“You learn everything about directing by being a film editor first,” he recalled being told.

But he stayed in the editor’ chair throughout his career, working on the likes 9 1/2 Weeks, The Pelican Brief and Wargames.

He served two terms as president American Cinema Editors (ACE), and was a governor at the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 15 years.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter in 2010, Rolf said he had most enjoyed working on Adrian Lyne’s 1990 film, Jacob’s Ladder, which starred Tim Robbins.

so admire Adrian Lyne for trying to do it”, Rolf said.

“It was sold as a horror picture, which it was not. It was a psychological thriller. think had it been marketed that way, it would have done much better. `’m very proud that .

“My job is to help the director realise his vision,” Rolf added.

“I think hire me because they know that I’m going to put in a full day, I’m going to tell them the , and I’ll voice my opinion when I think it’s needed”. (Reuters/NAN)