Neil Travis, who won an Oscar for Best Editing for Dances With Wolves, died March 28 of natural causes at his home in Arroyo Grande, Calif. He was 75. With a career that spanned more than four decades, the native Angeleno began his entertainment business career as an assistant editor at Paramount Studios while he was in his early 20s. Travis subsequently worked as a second editor for a Fox television series and shortly was offered a position to help edit The Traveling Executioner. His TV work continued and in 1977, Travis won an Emmy for his work on the groundbreaking miniseries Roots. Travis eventually edited more than 25 blockbuster features including No Way Out, Patriot Games, Deceived, Clear And Present Danger and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines. In 2010 he received the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award. Travis is survived by his wife, Ruth and two children, Michael and Michelle. Services will be held in Arroyo Grande on May 12th. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, YMCA or Boy Scouts of America.
R.I.P. Neil Travis
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