Richard Bracken, Film Editor on Wes Craven Movies and 'Rich Man, Poor Man,' Dies at 90

Richard Bracken
Courtesy Kathleen Bracken

Richard Bracken

The four-time Emmy nominee also worked on such shows as 'The Bold Ones,' 'Dragnet,' 'Ironside' and 'Columbo.'

Richard Bracken, a four-time Emmy-nominated film editor with credits including Ironside, Columbo, Rich Man, Poor Man and three Wes Craven movies, has died. He was 90.

Bracken died Thursday of kidney failure in Chatsworth, California, his daughter Kathleen Bracken said.

Bracken worked for Oscar-nominated producer Ross Hunter on the films The Thrill of It All (1963) and Madame X (1966); on the Arthur Hailey 1976 miniseries The Moneychangers; and on telefilms including 1978's A Family Upside Down, starring Helen Hayes and Fred Astaire.

He also collaborated with director Wes Craven on Deadly Blessing (1981), Swamp Thing (1982) and The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984).

Bracken received his Emmy noms in 1972 for cutting the NBC series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers; in 1974 for the NBC telefilm A Case of Rape, starring Elizabeth Montgomery; in 1976 for the landmark ABC miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man; and in 1995 for the Larry McMurtry-penned CBS miniseries Buffalo Girls.

Born in Philadelphia on Aug. 3, 1930, Bracken was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1952, then entered the master's writing program at UCLA before leaving school for show business.

He started out in the mailroom at Universal and worked his way up to assistant film editor and then editor.

His résumé also included such TV shows as Run for Your Life, Dragnet 1967, Alias Smith and Jones, Night Gallery, Spenser: For Hire and Power Rangers; films like Don't Just Stand There (1968), The Gamblers (1970), The Wrath of God (1972) and Robinson Crusoe (1997); and such telefilms as 1984's The Jesse Owens Story and 1989's The Karen Carpenter Story.