Oscar-Nominated Editor Bud S. Smith Dies at 88

Renowned editor Bud S. Smith passes away at 88

by Zain ul Abedin
Oscar-Nominated Editor Bud S. Smith Dies at 88
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Oscar-nominee Bud S. Smith, known for his work as a film editor, died at his home in Studio City, California last Sunday aged 88. It was due to respiratory failure, after a long sickness period, that the man succumbed. By the time this article was researched, his wife, dialogue editor Lucy Coldsnow-Smith, said that he had passed away.

It is vivid that Smith’s professional activity was long and brilliant, covering more than five decades. He was two-time Academy Award nominated for his work on William Friedkin’s "The Exorcist" in 1975 along with Evan A.

Lottman and Norman Gay and for Adrian Lyne’s "Flashdance" in 1984. Smith has shown his excellent editing skills in the film "Flashdance," for which he won the BAFTA award in the Best Editing category. Years of his dedicated work were honored with a career achievement award.

Smith's impressive filmography includes notable titles such as "Putney Swope," "Cruising," Sam Raimi’s "Darkman," Robert Towne’s "Personal Best," and "Poltergeist II: The Other Side," he is known as a film doctor and consultant with which he has been often cooperating during the work at the Universal Pictures together with Casey Silver, during the 1990s.

Early Life and Legacy

Smith was born on December 6, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he began the journey of editing in 1965, and for the first time, he worked in television film The Bold Men. He worked very hard, and people faith in him as editor make him successful.

In 2012, throat cancer was diagnosed to Smith, however, he remained renowned for his accomplishments in film editing. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Lucy Coldsnow-Smith, the couple had been together for their many years of their lives together.

His talent in editing and his contributions to the world of cinema shall not be forgotten by co-workers as well as viewers of his films. Variety also was the first to publish Smith’s death. His great inventions in the field of motion picture editing are preserved as the historical heritage of the cinema and are considered to be a model for young generations of editors and directors.