Mike Hill, a film editor who has worked on 22 consecutive Ron Howard films, won an Academy Award for his work on Ron Howard. Apollo 13 and earn nominations for A beautiful soul, Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon, has died. He was 73.
Hill died Thursday of cholecystitis, a rare lung condition, at his home in Omaha, Nebraska, a family spokesman announced.
Hill and editorial partner Daniel P. Hanley collaborated with Howard for the first time on Night shift (1982) and the last time in In the Heart of the Sea (2015).
In between, they handle splash (1984), cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Backdraft (1991), ransom (1996), edtv (1999), Missing person (2003) and The Da Vinci code (2006), to name just seven films, in addition to the Oscar-praised efforts of Apollo 13 (1995), A beautiful soul (2001), Cinderella Man (2005) and Frost/Nixon (2008).
Hill and Hanley also received three BAFTA nominations, including a win for Howard’s . wick tree (2013) and three ACE Eddie nominations.
“Mike has been a remarkable and dedicated collaborator on our 22 films but an even more treasured friend,” Howard said in a statement. “He is an acclaimed and talented film editor, but he is even more proud of his family and the life they built together in Omaha.
“Mike is an extremely intelligent and creative guy who lives his life with honesty and integrity and has a very sarcastic and cruel sense of humour. He also had pretty good corner kicks as I recall from our three-on-three basketball days.”
Born in Omaha, Hill graduated from Omaha Burke High School, where he played football and basketball and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame. (He often gives lectures at school as well as at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.)
His first editorial job was for an Omaha television station as an editorial assistant cutting commercials into movies like Electric Car With Dream Name (1951) and On the river bank (1954), both directed by Elia Kazan.
A few years later, Hill was an editor-in-chief at Paramount when he was assigned the task of synchronously screening the daily newspapers for Kazan on the Internet. The last boss (1976), the legendary filmmaker’s last film.
Survivors include his wife, LeAnne, daughter Jessica and son-in-law Brandon.