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Eddie Aiona, a property master on more than 20 Clint Eastwood films — from Magnum Force to The Bridges of Madison County — during a stretch of more than two decades, has died. He was 83.
Aiona, who worked on three Oscar winners for best picture, died March 31 of lung cancer at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, his friend Ric Gentry told The Hollywood Reporter.
Aiona also worked for such esteemed directors as Martin Scorsese on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974); for Sydney Pollack on The Electric Horseman (1979) and Absence of Malice (1981); for Paul Schrader on Hardcore (1979); for Robert Redford on best picture Oscar-winner Ordinary People (1980); for Barry Levinson on the best picture winner Rain Man (1988); and for John Carpenter on Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992).
Aiona was among the cadre of behind-the-scenes players whom Eastwood employed on picture after picture for years. To many, he was the prototypical creative member of Eastwood’s streamlined, fast-moving, hyper-efficient, tight-knit Malpaso Productions team.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Bobbe; children Edward, Jan, Tadd and Penny; stepchildren Lynne, Richard, Jane and Gary; and grandchildren Mat, Tali, Andy, Noah, Katie, Gus and Haley. A private service is set for Hawaii.
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