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Harold F. Kress (June 26, 1913 – September 18, 1999) was an American film editor best known for the 1962 film How the West Was Won and the 1974 film The Towering Inferno.
Harold F. Kress was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was married to Zelda Raphael and had one son, Carl. He entered the film industry in the late 1930s as an editor. Although he directed a few documentaries and made a stab at directing features, his real niche was as an editor, where he became one of the most respected editors in the industry.
Kress won his first Academy Award for editing How the West Was Won (1962). He would win another for the 1974 action film The Towering Inferno along with his son Carl Kress. He was nominated for Academy Awards for The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Yearling (1947), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1942). He was honored with the Career Achievement Award in 1992 from the American Cinema Editors. After suffering from cancer for a number of years, Kress died in Palm Desert, California on September 18, 1999.
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