Richard Marks, a film editor who scored four Oscar nominations during a prolific 50-year career and earned a Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors, has died at 75. ACE executive director Jenni McCormack confirmed the news but gave no details.
Marks earned his Best Film Editing Academy Award noms for Francis Ford Coppolas seminal Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now (1979) and a trio of pics by James L. Brooks: As Good As It Gets (1997) — which he also co-produced — Broadcast News (1987) and Best Picture Oscar winner Terms of Endearment (1983). He also edited Coppolas Best Picture winner The Godfather Part II and Brooks Ill Do Anything, How Do You Know and Spanglish, among dozens of other credits..
“Richie Marks was, from his first films, one of the very best editors ever,” Brooks said in a statement. “I and others, including every actor whose performances he so lovingly shaped, owe him much. God rest his gifted soul.”
Born a native New Yorker on November 10, 1943, Marks got his start as an assistant editor on the 1969 features Alices Restaurant and The Rain People. By the early 1970s he had graduated to film editor and went on to work with such acclaimed directors as Sidney Lumet (Serpico), Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy, on which he was second unit director), Oliver Stone (The Hand), Penny Marshall (Riding in Cars with Boys), Mike Nichols (What Planet Are You From?) Elia Kazan (The Last Tycoon), Herbert Ross (Pennies from Heaven, Max Dugan Returns), Cameron Crowe (Say Anything), Richard Donner (Assassins, Timeline) and Nora Ephron (Youve Got Mail, Julie & Julia).
Among the many other films he edited are Made of Honor, Things to Do in Denver When Youre Dead, Father of the Bride, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmos Fire and Bang the Drum Slowly.
Marks also was a co-producer on Say Anything and Spanglish and associate producer on Ill Do Anything and Jumpin Jack Flash. On the TV side, he earned an Emmy nom as part of the editing team for the 2002 Academy Awards and edited a few episodes of the memorable Telly Savalas cop drama Kojak in the mid-70s.
His résumé also boasts four ACE Award nominations and three BAFTA noms.