Emmy winner David Edward Blewitt dies

Editor's credits include 'Ghostbusters,' 'Jacques Cousteau'

David Edward Blewitt, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated film editor, died July 8 of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Sherman Oaks home. He was 81.

Blewitt worked for more than 40 years in film and television, earning a Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors in 2005. He was nominated for five ACE Eddie Awards, winning twice.

His big-screen credits include "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978). His Academy Award nomination was for "The Competition" (1980).

On the TV side, Blewitt worked on such series and specials as "Bob Hope: The First 90 Years" -- for which he won an Emmy in 1993 -- "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys."

Born Aug. 7, 1928, in Los Angeles, Blewitt's first job was as an usher at the Orpheum Theatre. After a stint as an aerial reconnaissance photographer in the Air Force during World War II, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a film career.

He started out as a cinematographer but soon transitioned to film editing at David L. Wolper Prods. There, Blewitt met Jack Haley Jr., with whom he worked on several projects including the compilation films "That's Entertainment" (1974) and "That's Entertainment, Part 2" (1976) and TV's "Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front."

Blewitt's daughter, Risa Bastien, described him as a family man who never took jobs that would keep him away from home for long periods of time. She also said Blewitt had his "dream job," noting that his license plate read, ICUTPIX.

Along with Bastien, he is survived by his wife, Annie; son-in-law Steve Bastien; and granddaughter Annabel.

No service is planned. Blewitt's family said donations in his name can be made Pet to Orphans of Southern California or the Thomas G. Clarke scholarship at Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood.