Friedgen, Bud (Lloyd)
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March 10, 1937 - June 24, 2012
Bud Friedgen, Producer and Director of "That's Entertainment III," passed away June 24th at the Motion Picture Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Bud, a native Californian, was the member of a motion picture family that dates back to the silent era, and the son of Elva Fraser, a post production legend. Bud was a star athlete at Hollywood High before starting his career as an Apprentice Film Editor on the series "Gunsmoke." Becoming an Editor he joined the new production company created by David Wolper in 1958. There Bud began his love of documentaries and edited numerous theatrical and television productions resulting in awards that included an Academy Award nomination. Bud then joined forces with the MGM documentary division where he received an Emmy as Producer and Editor of the award winning "MGM The Dream Factory." When "That's Entertainment" was planned to celebrate MGM's 50th anniversary, Bud creatively edited the vast amounts of MGM's famous musicals from 1920-1950 into one of the industry's best loved pictures. He was awarded the Editor's Guild highest award, an Eddie, for his excellent work. Two years later "That's Entertainment II" followed with comedy and drama scenes included. Bud, knowing there was still valuable footage in the MGM vault, including scenes that had never been seen, convinced the studio's executives to make "That's Entertainment III" completing the popular trilogy. Bud's additional credits for the last movie were Screenwriter and Editor. Among Bud's vast theatrical and television credits, over a 50 year career, were "This is Elvis," "Imagine:John Lennon," "That's Dancing," "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," "Let The Good Times Roll," "Hooray for Hollywood," a Director on Warner Bros. ten hour documentary "History of Rock and Roll" and an Emmy and an Eddie for "The Blue and the Gray" mini-series. Bud was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve and a member of ACE, Director's Guild, Writer's Guild and Editor's Guild. Bud was the loving father of four children, Ruth, Peter, Rebecca and grandchild James who he legally adopted as his son. He will be truly missed as an extraordinary and beloved brother by Elliot (Dianne) Friedgen, Christina (Ken) Koch and Mary Fraser.
A memorial service will be held at Village Church, 3216 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, Friday, June 29th at Noon. Donations may be sent to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, attention Palliative Care, to whom the family is eternally grateful.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 26, 2012