Arthur Schmidt (film editor)

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Arthur Schmidt
Born Arthur Robert Schmidt
(1937-06-17) June 17, 1937 (age 80)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Film editor
Parent(s) Arthur P. Schmidt
Madeline Schmidt Groenewegen

Arthur Schmidt (born 1937 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film editor with about 27 film credits between 1977 and 2005.[2] Schmidt has had an extended collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis from Back to the Future (1985) to Cast Away (2000).

Schmidt is the son of film editor Arthur P. Schmidt; it is said that the son's education in editing began when he watched his father editing the film Sunset Boulevard (1950).[3] Schmidt graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor's degree in English.

Schmidt received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Forrest Gump (1994). In addition to these Oscars, Schmidt has won several "Eddies" from the American Cinema Editors for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (with Craig Wood and Stephen E. Rivkin, 2003), Forrest Gump, and for a television special The Jericho Mile (1979). He has been nominated for major editing awards (including the BAFTA Award for Best Editing) for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Back to the Future (with Harry Keramidas, 1985), The Last of the Mohicans (with Dov Hoenig, 1992), and Cast Away (2000). He was the executive producer for The Labyrinth (2010).[4]

Schmidt received the 2009 American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award, which was presented to Schmidt by Robert Zemeckis.[5]

Filmography (as editor)[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Marty Feldman co-edited with Jim Clark
1978 Jaws 2 Jeannot Szwarc
1979 The Jericho Mile Michael Mann
1980 Coal Miner's Daughter Michael Apted Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
The Idolmaker Taylor Hackford
1982 The Escape Artist Caleb Deschanel
1984 The Buddy System Glenn Jordan
Firstborn Michael Apted
1985 Fandango Kevin Reynolds
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1986 Ruthless People David Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Jerry Zucker
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Robert Zemeckis Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1989 Back to the Future Part II
1990 Back to the Future Part III
1991 The Rocketeer Joe Johnston
1992 Death Becomes Her Robert Zemeckis
The Last of the Mohicans Michael Mann
1993 Addams Family Values Barry Sonnenfeld
1994 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis Academy Award for Best Film Editing
ACE Eddie
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
1996 The Birdcage Mike Nichols
Chain Reaction Andrew Davis
1997 Contact Robert Zemeckis
1998 Primary Colors Mike Nichols
2000 What Lies Beneath Robert Zemeckis
Cast Away
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski
2005 The Chumscrubber Arie Posin

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Birthdate confirmed using the California Birth Index.
  2. ^ Arthur Schmidt on IMDb
  3. ^ Lobrutto, Vincent (1991). Selected Takes: Film Editors On Editing (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut), p. 213. ISBN 978-0-275-93395-1
  4. ^ The Labyrinth is a documentary short film about Marian Kolodziej's artworks, which relate his experiences as a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The film was produced by Ron Schmidt, Arthur Schmidt's brother, and involved two additional members of the Schmidt family in its production. See "The Labyrinth". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  5. ^ Debruge, Peter (February 16, 2009). "'Wall-E,' 'Slumdog' win at ACE Eddies". Variety. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Buckner, Bonnie (2001). "Conversation with Arthur Schmidt," The Motion Picture Editors Guild Magazine Vol. 22, No. 2 (May/June 2001). Online version retrieved Dec. 15, 2007.