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Weatherwax was born in Sturgis, Michigan, began his editing career in silent films in 1928, and over his career edited about 85 films. His final credit, 1961's A Raisin in the Sun, was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005.
Weatherwax's films include:
- Oh, Kay! (1928)
- Rough Romance (1930)
- Lady Godiva of Coventry (1930)
- Body and Soul (1931)
- Surrender (1931)
- Long Lost Father (1934)
- The World Moves On (1934)
- True Confession (1937)
- You And Me (1938)
- Rulers of the Sea (1939)
- The Howards of Virginia (1940)
- Birth of the Blues (1941)
- The Forest Rangers (1942)
- The Fleet's In (1942)
- Let's Face It (1943)
- Star Spangled Rhythm (1945)
- Fun on a Weekend (1947)
- The Saxon Charm (1948)
- The Naked City (1948) - Academy Award for Best Film Editing
- Vendetta (1950)
- Behave Yourself! (1951)
- It Came from Outer Space (1953)
- Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
- Never Say Goodbye (1956)
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - Academy Award for Best Film Editing, shared with Gene Ruggiero
- The Big Fisherman (1959)
- "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," database with images, FamilySearch (4 December 2014), Paul Weatherwax, 08 Jul 1900; citing item 2 p 154 rn 36, Sturgis, St Joseph, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,031.
- "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (12 December 2014), Paul John Weatherwax, 1917-1918; citing Indianapolis City no 2, Indiana, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,504,016.
- "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (26 November 2014), Paul J Weatherwax, 13 Sep 1960; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
- "Paul Weatherwax". IMDb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
- "Paul Weatherwax (1900-1960)". Findagrave.com.