Conrad Buff IV

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Conrad Buff IV
Born (1948-07-08) July 8, 1948 (age 69)[1]
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Occupation Film editor
Years active 1969 – present

Conrad Buff IV (born July 8, 1948) is an American film editor with more than 25 film credits since 1985. Buff is known for winning an Academy Award for Best Film Editing and an ACE Eddie Award for Titanic (1997); the awards were shared with his co-editors James Cameron and Richard A. Harris. He won the 2000 Satellite Award for Best Editing for Thirteen Days.

Life and career[edit]

Buff was born in Los Angeles, the son of architect Conrad Buff III,[2] and the grandson of children's book creators Mary and Conrad Buff (painter Conrad Buff II). He attended Pasadena City College for two years before joining the U. S. Navy. Buff learned film editing while working for the Navy's Motion Picture Office in Hollywood.[3] In the first phase of his civilian career Buff was the "visual effects editor" on several successful films, ranging from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) through Ghostbusters (1984). Buff was an assistant editor on Return of the Jedi (1983); he worked with editor Sean Barton and director Richard Marquand. His first editing credit was as the co-editor with Barton for Jagged Edge (1985), which was also directed by Marquand.

Buff is noted particularly for his editing of four films directed by James Cameron, including Titanic. Buff edited The Abyss (1989) with Joel Goodman. Buff was nominated for an Oscar and an Eddie for the editing of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991 - with Mark Goldblatt and Richard A. Harris). He was again nominated for an Eddie for True Lies (1994) (also with Goldblatt and Harris). In addition to its actual awards, Titanic was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing.

Buff has edited four films with director Roger Donaldson: The Getaway (1994), Species (1995), Dante's Peak (1997; co-edited with Tina Hirsch and Howard Smith), and Thirteen Days (2000), which won the Satellite Award for Best Editing.

Since Thirteen Days, Buff has edited four films directed by Antoine Fuqua: Training Day (2001), Tears of the Sun (2003), King Arthur (2004; with Jamie Pearson), and Shooter (2007; with Eric Sears).

Buff has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.[4]


Filmography based on the Internet Movie Database;[5] the director of each film is indicated in parenthesis.


  1. ^ Birthdate and birthplace are taken from the California Birth Index.
  2. ^ Iovenko, Chris (2007). "Buff’s house, still shining", Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2007. Online version retrieved 2008-06-29.
  3. ^ Spark, Nick (September–October 1998). "From Navy Documentaries to Titanic". Motion Picture Editors Guild Newsletter. 19 (5). Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. 
  4. ^ "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  5. ^ Conrad Buff on IMDb

Further reading[edit]

  • Tahmizyan, Arman (July–August 2010). "Conrad Buff: The Editor as Manipulator". Editors Guild Magazine. 31 (4). Editing is not a subtractive process; it’s an additive process. We’re basically cutting in the good parts. We’re saying that we like this, this and this––now how do we marry those elements and make it moving, scary, dramatic, emotional, affecting?  Mainly an interview with Buff, the article also provides a short biography and a filmography.

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