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Film, Television Editor Stanley Frazen Dies

Stanley Frazen
Stanley Frazen, right, with George Burns and Gracie Allen.

Former president of the American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, he worked on "The Bob Cummings Show" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show."

Stanley Frazen, a film and television editor for a half-century, died Jan. 23 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Studio City. He was 91.

A past president of the America Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Frazen was a pioneer in the early days of television. As a postproduction supervisor and supervising editor at McCadden Prods., he worked on such 1950s shows as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, I Married Joan, The Bob Cummings Show (for which he was received his lone Emmy nomination), The People’s Choice and The Jack Benny Program.

With actor Edmund O’Brien, Frazen formed his own production company, Tiger Prods., and earned a producer credit on the 1961 Paramount drama Man-Trap starring Jeffrey Hunter and David Janssen.

Frazen continued to edit and worked on such TV series as The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian, The Monkees, Get Smart, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels and The Fall Guy. Later, he was an editor on the pics Young Doctors in Love (1982) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988).

Frazen received a career achievement award from ACE in 2001.

A native of Chicago, Frazen moved with his mother to Los Angeles at a youngster. He worked as a messenger at Warner Bros. at age 18, then enlisted and served in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Corps during World War II, launching his editing career.

Survivors include his wife Diane; his children Nancy, Marcy and Robert; his grandchildren Matthew, Griffin, Spencer and Amy; and his first wife, Frances.

A service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles. The family asks that donations be made to the Motion Picture Home.