Sound editor Warren Hamilton dies

Veteran's credits include 'Speed,' 'Edward Scissorhands'

Warren Hamilton, a sound editor in Hollywood for more than three decades, died Aug. 17 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Hamilton served as a sound effects editor on "Speed" (1994), which won the Oscar for best sound, and on Oscar sound nominees "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) and "Total Recall" (1990). He earned Golden Reel Awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors group for his work on "Speed," "Oliver & Company" (1988) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), said his son, Craig Hamilton.

Other credits include "The Hitcher" (1986); Tim Burton films "Beetlejuice" (1988) and "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), "Batman Returns" (1992), "The Bodyguard" (1993), "Apollo 13" (1996) and "Jackie Brown" (1997). Hamilton was a past president of the MPSE.

Hamilton, whose father worked in the art department at MGM and Fox, began as a story editor for Warner Bros. in 1960 on such shows as "77 Sunset Strip" and "Hawaiian Eye."

Survivors include son Craig, a copyright administrator for Warner Bros., and daughter Jenene, who works for the screenplay clearance firm Marshall/Plumb Research Associates.