Veteran Postproduction Executive Gary Gerlich Dies at 81

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He worked for Technicolor, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, Columbia Pictures and MGM during a long career in Hollywood.

Gary Gerlich, a postproduction executive at Fox, United Artists, Columbia Pictures and MGM who worked in the industry for nearly 50 years, died June 25 at his home in Agua Dulce, Calif. He was 81.

Gerlich served as postproduction supervisor at Columbia from 1965-67, at National General Pictures from 1967-69 and at Metromedia Producers Corp. from 1969-74; as vp postproduction at United Artists from 1974-79; as senior vp postproduction at Fox from 1979-92; and as executive vp postproduction at MGM/UA until his retirement in 2000.

A Los Angeles native who attended Hollywood High School and San Jose State, Gerlich began his career in the industry in 1954 as a film processor for Technicolor. He went into film editing at Ziv Television and United Artists Television before joining Columbia.

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His father, Edward C. Gerlich, worked as a film editor, and his mother, Sebastian (Betty), was a negative cutter.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Robyn; sons Gary S. Gerlich, a retired sound effects editor, and Gregory M. Gerlich, a sound editor; daughter Stacy; grandchildren Garret, Gina, Genelle and Marissa; and sister Judith.

A memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, ATTN: Foundation, P.O. Box 51151, Los Angeles, CA 90051-9727.

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