Roger Jay Pietschmann, Emmy-Nominated Sound Man, Dies at 71

His father and grandfather also were employed in the motion picture industry.
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Roger Jay Peitschmann

Sound veteran Roger Jay Pietschmann died July 26 at his home in Los Angeles and with his family at his side after a six-year battle with multiple symptom atrophy, the Cinema Audio Society announced Wednesday. He was 71.

A boom operator, sound recordist and mixer, Pietschmann began his career on Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), and his feature résumé also included Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Batman Returns (1992) and Honey I Blew up the Kid (1992).

On the 1983 John Landis film Twilight Zone: The Movie, Pietschmann was on the scene when a stunt helicopter crashed, killing actor Vic Morrow and two child actors.

He received an Emmy nomination for his efforts on Sleeper Cell and was nominated for the Cinema Audio Society’s outstanding achievement in sound mixing award for that series and for Dexter.

Pietschmann also worked in television on Nature, 60 MinutesAmerican Masters, Family Law, The Division, Airline and Dirt. 

Pietschmann was a third-generation member of the motion picture community. His father, Richard J. Pietschmann Jr., is credited with helping create the multitrack stereophonic sound system for Cinerama and was recordist and mixer on four of those widescreen movies, including 1952's This Is Cinerama. His grandfather, Richard J. Pietschmann Sr., did set lighting during the early days of the industry.

Pietschmann graduated from University High School in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica Community College and the University of California at Long Beach.

He is survived by his wife Andrea, daughter Devin and brother Richard.

Pietschmann's daughter has set up a funding site for contributions used to better understand and defeat MSA. Donations may be made in his name.