Thursday, March 11, 2010

RIP Bill Wistrom

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) confirms that veteran sound editor Bill Wistrom died yesterday. He was 74 years old. He was in the business for some fifty-plus years, editing sound effects on such classic films as 'To Catch a Thief,' 'The Court Jester,' 'The Man Who Knew Too Much,' 'The Ten Commandments,' 'Funny
Face,' 'Vertigo,' 'Hatari!,' 'The Nutty Professor,' and 'El Dorado.'

He was supervising sound editor on 'Bonanza' during the entire run of that show (1959-1973). He also supervised the sound editing on 'The High Chaparral' (1967-1971) and later worked on shows like 'The High Chaparral,' 'The Waltons,' 'Kojak,' and 'Falcon Crest.' Most recently, he has served as the supervising sound editor on all of the 'Star Trek' spin-off series: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' 'Star Trek: Voyager,' and 'Star Trek: Enterprise.'

Winstrom received 17 Emmy Award nominations throughout his entire career; he won six of them, four of which were for his work on 'Next Generation.' He also won Emmys for the 1979 TV movie 'Friendly Fire' and the 1982 TV movie 'Inside the Third Reich.' Some additional film credits include 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Muppet Movie,' 'Raise the Titanic,' and 'Silent Night, Deadly Night.' It seems he retired after 'Star Trek: Enterprise' was canceled in 2005. In 2008, the was award the Career Achievement Award by the MPSE.

WISTROM, Bill (William Wistrom)
Born: 12/20/1935, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Bill Wistrom's westerns - sound editor, post production coordinator, editing supvisor:
Pardners - 1956 [sound editor]
The Rainmaker - 1956 [sound editor]
Bonanza (TV) - 1959-1973 [sound supervisor, post production coordinator]
The Sons of Katie Elder - 1965 [sound editor]
El Dorado - 1966 [sound editor]
The High Chaparral (TV)- 1967-1971 [sound supervisor, post production coordinator]
The Capture of Grizzly Adams (TV) - 1982 [sound editor]
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (TV) - 1987 [sound supervsior, editing supervisor]

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