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June 18, 2009

Editor Sidney M. Katz Dies

Emmy Winner was 91

Editor Sidney M. Katz Dies

Emmy Winner was 91

Prolific film and television editor Sidney M. Katz died in his sleep on June 18, 2009. He was 91.

Katz began his career in the early 1950s in New York City, and later relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked steadily in both feature films and television series.

Among the movies he worked on were The Swimmer, Diary of a Mad Housewife and Play It As It Lays.

He also worked for decades in television, in series ranging from See It Now and Omnibus to The Defenders — for which he earned a Primetime Emmy.

Toward the end of his life, Katz, who mentored dozens of editors over the years, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors.

In addition, he had the distinction of being interviewed by the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television.

He is survived by his wife, five daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

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