September 10, 1927 - July 3, 2013
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Frank E. Morriss passed away at the age of 85 at his home with Marlee, his loving wife of 47 years at his side. He spent his career in the the film business as an editor. He began as a sound and music editor but quickly discovered that his path lay in picture. One of his earliest shows was "It Takes a Thief" (1968) where he formed a lifelong friendship with Glen Larson. In 1973 he edited "Charley Varrick" which earned him a BAFTA for Best Film Editing. In 1974 he earned two Emmys and an Eddie award for "The Execution of Private Slovik". In 1974, Frank found his second collaborator in life. This time with director John Badham. Beginning with "The Law", they worked on 21 films over the next 23 years, including one of Frank's two Oscar nominated films, "Blue Thunder". His other nomination was for Robert Zemeckis' "Romancing the Stone". Throughout his career he worked with some of the greatest directors of his time. He met his loving wife while pursuing an initial career in photography when Marlee Morriss' (nee Walden) boyfriend at the time introduced them. It was love at first sight and they spent the next 48 years by each other's side.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 21, 2013