Bob Minkler, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Sound Mixer, Dies at 78

Courtesy of The Cinema Audio Society
Bob Minkler (left) receives an Oscar for 'Star Wars' in this archival photo.

His credits also include 'Tron,' 'Easy Rider' and 'The Black Stallion.'

Sound mixer Robert Alan (Bob ) Minkler — who won a 1978 Oscar for best sound on Star Wars — died on Oct. 11 of respiratory failure at home in Oregon with his wife, Patty, at his side. He was 78.

In a Hollywood career that spanned 20 years, he worked on such films as The Black Stallion, Easy Rider, Bull Durham, Mask, Urban Cowboy, Rocky II, Hair and Tron, for which he was Oscar-nominated along with his brother Lee Minkler and his nephew, three-time Oscar-winner Michael Minkler.

Born in 1937 in Glendale, Calif., to audio pioneer Lee Darrell Minkler and Lorraine Jones Minkler, Bob Minkler spent many years as a musician and vocalist, even touring with Nat King Cole. He then found his way back to Hollywood and began his film career working alongside his brothers Donald and Lee.

Surviving family members include sons Marcus, Daniel and Christian; and grandchildren Michael, Mia, Jacob, Matthew, Kyle and Brooke. Private services will be held in Hawaii.

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