Paul Apted, Sound Editor and Son of Director Michael Apted, Dies at 47

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Gemma Apted

The industry veteran recently worked on "The Wolverine," "The Book Thief" and "The Fault in Our Stars" and teamed with his dad on such films as "Nell."

Paul Apted, a sound editor and son of British director Michael Apted who worked on studio blockbusters as well as smaller films for more than two decades, died Friday of colon cancer in Los Angeles, a family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 47. 

In the past two years alone, Paul Apted worked on films including the Bruce Willis action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard; the X-Men spinoff The WolverineDenis Villeneuve's acclaimed thriller Prisoners; the World War II drama The Book Thief; and, most recently, the adaptation of the young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars.

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Father and son worked together on Nell (1994), Extreme Measures (1996) and the fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

Michael Apted also helmed such films as the 1988 Sigourney Weaver drama Gorillas in the Mist, Pierce Brosnan's 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and, in 2012, the Gerard Butler film Chasing Mavericks (along with Curtis Hanson). He lately has directed installments of the Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

In addition to his father, survivors include Paul's wife of eight years, Gemma; children Thomas and Rose; mother Jo; and siblings Jim, John and Lily.

A memorial will take place at 12:30 p.m. on July 13 at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills. A funeral service will be held later in the U.K.

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