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Arthur Schmidt: Oscar-Winning Film Editor of ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Back to the Future,’ and More Passes Away at 86

Arthur Schmidt, Oscar-Winning Film Editor, Dies At 86

The film industry is saddened by the passing of Arthur Schmidt, a renowned film editor known for his work on beloved movies like “Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Collaborating closely with director Robert Zemeckis, Schmidt’s talent contributed to these memorable films, earning him two Oscars. Schmidt’s recent demise at the age of 86 marks the end of an era for filmmaking.

Remembering Arthur Schmidt: Oscar-Winning Film Editor with Iconic Collaborations with Zemeckis

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Arthur Schmidt secured his two Best Film Editing Oscars for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988) and “Forrest Gump” (1994). Schmidt’s creative partnership extended to other Zemeckis projects like “Death Becomes Her” (1992) and “What Lies Beneath” (2000).

Schmidt’s career was not limited to Zemeckis’ films; he worked alongside directors such as Michael Mann, Taylor Hackford, and Mike Nichols.

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“Arthur Schmidt was incredibly talented and a joy to work with. He was a true gentleman and I am honored to have known him and to have created what we did together.”


His esteemed father, Arthur P. Schmidt, was also a notable film editor, renowned for his collaborations with Billy Wilder and Jerry Lewis.

Arthur Schmidt’s Editing Legacy: Oscars, ACE Eddies, and Career Highlights

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Arthur Schmidt’s illustrious career featured Oscar wins for “Forrest Gump” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” along with ACE Eddie Awards for films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “The Jericho Mile.” His extensive filmography includes acclaimed works like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “The Rocketeer,” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Schmidt’s impact was recognized with the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 2009, presented by longtime collaborator Robert Zemeckis.