'Fatal Attraction' Editor Peter Berger Dies at 67
Oscar nominee also worked on four "Star Trek" films and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" during long career.
Peter Berger, the Oscar-nominated editor of Fatal Attraction and four Star Trek features, died Sept. 22 of leukemia at his home in Calabasas, Calif. He was 67.
The son of film editor Fred W. Berger (an Oscar nominee for 1972’s Hot Rock and an Emmy winner for M*A*S*H), Berger’s resume of more than 50 films also includes Mommie Dearest (1981), Staying Alive (1983), Less Than Zero (1987), Dead Again (1991), Red Corner (1997), Save the Last Dance (2001), Clockstoppers (2002), Coach Carter (2005) and Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007).
The four Star Trek films he edited were Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Berger shared his Oscar nom with Michael Kahn for 1987’s Fatal Attraction, for which they also earned a BAFTA award best editing.
Berger graduation from University High School in West Los Angeles in 1962 and spent a year at UCLA Film School before taking a job at NBC as a driver.
After service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and a stint in Seoul for the Armed Forces Korean Network, he returned home in 1968 and worked at Paramount on The Doris Day Show before moving into film work in 1974.
Survivors include Carolyn, his wife of 46 years; son Thomas and his wife Juliet; daughter Kirsten and her husband Stuart; and grandchildren Nikolas, Jakob, Joshua, Ethan and Olivia.
A memorial service will take place Oct. 29 in Vista, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.