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'Apocalypse Now' editor Richard Marks dead

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Updated: 05-01-2019 11:03 IST
'Apocalypse Now' editor Richard Marks dead

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Oscar-nominated film editor Richard Marks is dead. He was 75.

Known for "Apocalypse Now," best picture winner "Terms of Endearment," "Broadcast News," and "As Good as It Gets", Marks died unexpectedly on December 31 here, his widow, film editor Barbara Marks, confirmed to

His other editing credits include "The Godfather: Part II", "You've Got Mail", "Julie & Julia", "Serpico", "Dick Tracy", "Riding in Cars With Boys", "Bang the Drum Slowly", "St. Elmo's Fire", "Pretty in Pink" and "Father of the Bride".

Marks was a producer on "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "What Planet Are You From?" and "Pennies From Heaven".

Born in 1943, he married Barbara in 1967. Marks became an assistant editor on Francis Ford Coppola's "Rain People" in 1969, then worked with Dede Allen on "Alice's Restaurant" and "Little Big Man" in 1970. He became her co-editor on "Serpico."

Marks received a career achievement award from the American Cinema Editors in 2013.

ACE president Alan Heim said at the time that one of Marks' most iconic sequences is in "Broadcast News," when Joan Cusack's character delivers a tape.

Marks was nominated for an Oscar along with Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg, and Lisa Fruchtman for "Apocalypse Now" after spending several years on Coppola's Vietnam War epic. Coppola shot an unprecedented 1.5 million feet of footage for "Apocalyse Now."

Marks edited all six of James Brooks' feature films - "Terms of Endearment", "Broadcast News", "As Good as It Gets", "I'll Do Anything", "Spanglish" and "How Do You Know", which was Marks' final credit.

Marks taught film editing at UCLA for more than a decade. He is survived by his widow and daughter Leslie.