Sound man Simpson dies at 64


George Simpson, a veteran sound effects/supervising sound editor who began his Hollywood career as a screenwriter, died Nov. 1 at his home in Los Angeles after a heart attack. He was 64.

Simpson and Neal Burger wrote the 1974 NBC telefilm "The Disappearance of Flight 412," which starred Glenn Ford and was based on an Air Force UFO experience of Burger's. The pair went on to pen several other screenplays and novels, and their 1976 book, "Ghostboat," was adapted by Britain's Granada TV for a 2006 miniseries starring David Jason.

For the past 25 years, Simpson worked in postproduction for Weddington, Technicolor Sound and Soundelux as a sound effects editor and/or supervising sound editor on such films as "Hard Target" (1993), "Dante's Peak" (1997), "Conspiracy Theory" (1997), "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998), "Training Day" (2001), "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Ring Two" (2005), "Shooter" (2007), "The Mist" (2007) and this year's "Astro Boy."

Simpson is survived by his daughter, Anna-Claire Simpson, and his sister, Jane Simpson. The family asks that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the American Cancer Society.