Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RIP Stanley Frazen

Stanley Frazen, A.C.E.
August 15, 1919 - January 23, 2011

Picture editor and former President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild Stanley Frazen, A.C.E., passed away January 23, 2011. Lucky to live a full 91 years, he had a life of success, happiness, family, wisdom and love.

A pioneer in the early days of Television, Stanley was a messenger at Warner Bros. at the age of 18. He enlisted in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Corps in World War II, launching his film editing career. Editing for a span over 50 years, Stanley was Post-Production Supervisor and Supervising Editor at McCadden Productions, working on shows in the 1950s such as Burns and Allen, I Married Joan, The Bob Cummings Show, People's Choice, and The Jack Benny Show.

Stanley became a Commercial Director and directed commercials for Carnation, Revlon, Chevrolet, Ford, Kellogg’s and Purina, which led to his forming his own production company and producing the feature Man-Trap for Paramount Studios.

Always an editor at heart, he continued to edit in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s on television series such as The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian, The Monkees, Get Smart, Columbo, Charlie's Angels and The Fall Guy, to name a few. Later, he was an editor on the films Young Doctors in Love, The Milagro Beanfield War and The Amityville Horror.

A past President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild in 1979 and a longtime board member, as well as the America Cinema Editors (ACE), Stanley loved editing and training young people in the profession. Many famous editors have gone on to great careers after passing through his editing room.

Born in Chicago, Stanley moved with his mother to Los Angeles at a very young age. He spent a lot of time with his grandparents, growing up in Boyle Heights during the Depression. Always work-oriented, he was a paper boy at the age of ten. He went to Roosevelt High School and was on the track team. His hobbies were golf and watching sports, and he was a voracious reader.

He is survived by his wife Diane Frazen; children Nancy Frazen, Marcy Frazen Toschi and Robert Frazen; grandchildren Matthew, Griffin, Spencer and Amy; and first wife Frances Frazen.

Stanley had a strong will to live and a passion for life. He was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, always wanting his family around him. His love for his family was endless and he will be missed so much.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles.

Donations can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.

FRAZEN, Stanley
Born: 8/15/1919, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/23/2011, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Stanley Frazen's westerns - film editor:
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1949
Apache Chief - 1949
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1967
Hardcase (TV) - 1972
Marie Ann -1978

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