Murray Jordan, Film Editor and Emmy-Nominated Producer on 'Cops,' Dies at 81

Courtesy of William Park
Murray Jordan (left) with Sam Peckinpah during the filming of 'Cross of Iron.'

He started out with Richard Brooks on 'In Cold Blood' and collaborated with Sam Peckinpah and John Derek.

Murray Jordan, a film editor for directors Richard Brooks and Sam Peckinpah and a longtime editor and producer on the Fox reality show Cops, has died. He was 81.

Jordan died July 1 in Elche, Spain, his cousin William Park, author of the 2011 book What Is Film Noir, reported.

Jordan became the supervising editor of the new Cops in 1989 before rising to become a producer. He received Emmy nominations for outstanding informational series in 1993 and 1994 during his 21-year run with the program.

Jordan broke into the movie industry in 1966 through his then-wife, Jo Oliva, a stand-in for and a personal assistant to English actress Jean Simmons. His movie knowledge so impressed Simmons' husband, Brooks, that the Oscar-winning writer-director helped him gain entry into the American Cinema Editors guild.

Jordan began an apprenticeship with Brooks on In Cold Blood (1967), then worked on the filmmaker's next two features, The Happy Ending (1969) and (1971). 

After completion of in Hamburg, Germany, Jordan collaborated with Peckinpah in Europe on Cross of Iron (1977), on which he also served as the second-unit director, and with John Derek on the Bo Derek-starring Fantasies (1981). He then directed a German feature, Happy Weekend (1983).

Jordan later edited shows including The Dukes of Hazzard and Ripley's Believe It or Not! and produced a new version of You Asked for It.

Born on Oct. 5, 1936, in Bremerton, Washington, Jordan and his younger brother, Keith, played the two younger children in the national touring company of the Broadway hit Life With Father in 1945. (Their dad, Jack Jordan, alternated careers in the U.S. Navy and as an actor.)

After the Korean War, his family moved to Hollywood, and Jordan graduated from Hollywood High School. 

Jordan also worked as an editor on the 1988 Academy Awards and on documentaries including Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James BondEastwood & Co.: Making Unforgiven; and Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend, for which he received an ACE nomination.

Jordan moved to Spain in 2009 to live with the family of his fourth wife, Maria Remiro Brotons, following her death. 

In addition to his brother and cousin, survivors include his daughter, Vanessa, and two grandchildren.