SCHULTZ, Gaylin P. Age 82, a native of Los Angeles, CA, Gaylin P. Schultz was born June 19, 1926 and passed away July 1, 2008 after a lengthy fight with lymphoma. A graduate of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Gaylin served his country in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War, working in a submarine optic shop. Initiated into IATSE Local #80 in 1947, Gaylin started working in the studios. He was recalled to the Korean War in 1951. Upon his return, his father Walter E. Schultz helped him obtain a job at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in 1953. Gaylin spent 52 years in the film industry, many of them as key grip and was best known for his ground breaking camera mount work in the car chase scene in Bullitt with Steve McQueen. He worked on nearly 100 feature films including The Big Country, The Searchers, West Side Story, The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, The Manchurian Candidate, Witness for the Prosecution, Porgy and Bess, Seven Days in May, Irma La Douce, and The Thomas Crown Affair. He became known for his innovative, state of the art camera mounts and was continually busy. His work became an industry standard and was far ahead of its time. Gaylin was recognized by American Cinematography Magazine in both 1970 and 1973 for outstanding achievement on both 24 Hours at Le Mans and Johnathan Livingston Seagull. The Society of Operating Cameramen honored Gaylin in 2000 with their Mobile Camera Platform Operator Lifetime Achievement Award. Preceded in death by his wife Marlene of 57 years, Marlene often traveled with him on location around the world. Marlene and Gaylin lived for over 50 years in La Canada. Gaylin's love of the ocean, fishing and scuba diving led him and Marlene to buy a house in Avalon on Catalina Island that they kept for over 40 years. He was a life long supporter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Gaylin is survived by his brother Irving Schultz of Los Angeles, his loving nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. in the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn, Glendale.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 9, 2008