Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RIP Wilbur E. Mosier


Wilbur E. Mosier, who worked in film and television as an assistant director and production manager, died June 30 in Simi Valley, Calif., after suffering a stroke in April. He had been residing at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills for a couple of years. He was 93. Mosier started in the accounting office and eventually worked his way up to a production manager role on feature films. He worked as a second a.d. on "Around the World in 80 Days" but soon got sucked into the Universal monster movie craze, working on such features as "Creature From the Black Lagoon" and "Incredible Shrinking Man." He worked as a first a.d. on mainline Universal pictures such as "Twilight for the Gods" and "Night Passage."

Mosier then moved into television with "Peter Gunn" and "Rawhide." He followed the latter in its move to MGM, where he worked as a 1st a.d. on "Dr. Kildare" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

At Universal, he worked the entire run on "Ironside" (1967-75) as unit manager, then returned to feature work at the studio as a first a.d. on "Airport '77" and "Jaws 2." As a production manager he worked on the films "House Calls," "Butch and Sundance -- The Early Days" and "The Concorde.. Airport '79." He retired after "Modern Problems" in 1981.

Mosier was born in Holly, Colo. He graduated from Kansas U. with a degree in accounting and moved to California to work in the film industry. He returned to California after WWII service in an artillery unit as a corporal accountant-clerk in Europe.

His wife, Alberta, whom he married in 1941, died in February 2010.

A memorial service will be held at the Kirk of the Valley Church, 19620 Vanowen St., Reseda, on July 23. Donations may be made to the Kirk of the Valley Church.

MOSIER, Wilbur E. (Wilbur Eugene Mosier)
Born: 12/2/1917, Holly, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 6/30/2011, Simi Valley, California, U.S.A.

Wilbur E. Mosiers westerns - assistant director, production manager:
Night Passage - 1957 [assistant director]
Gunslinger (TV) - 1961 [assistant director]
Rawhide (TV) - 1961 [assistant director]
The Virginian (TV) - 1969 [assistant director]
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days - 1979 [production manager]

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