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 that Marks died December 31 but gave no other details.
Marks earned his Best Film Editing Academy Award noms for Francis Ford Coppola’s 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 Coppola’s Best Picture winner The Godfather Part II and Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything, How Do You Know and Spanglish, among dozens of other credits..
Born a native New Yorker on November 10, 1943, Marks got his start as an assistant editor on the 1969 features Alice’s 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 (You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia).
Among the many other films he edited are Made of Honor, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Father of the Bride, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire and Bang the Drum Slowly.
Marks also was a co-producer on Say Anything and Spanglish and associate producer on I’ll 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.